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Neville Chamberlain

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Neville Chamberlain

by Henry Lamb
oil on canvas, circa 1939
51 in. x 37 in. (1295 mm x 940 mm)
Purchased, 1962
Primary Collection
NPG 4279

On display in Room 19 on Floor 2 at the National Portrait Gallery

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  • Henry Lamb (1883-1960), Painter. Artist or producer associated with 18 portraits, Sitter associated with 24 portraits.

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Britain goes to war. The German invasion of Poland demonstrated that the policy of appeasement had failed. After refusing to meet Britain's ultimatum to withdraw troops, Britain and France declared war on Germany. The Second World War had begun.

Art and science

The Sutton Hoo burial ship is discovered. Apparently following a dream, Mrs Pretty invited the archaeologist Basil Brown to investigate a series of burial mounds on her estate on the banks of the river Deben in Suffolk. The excavation revealed an Anglo-Saxon burial, uncovering the most significant horde of early medieval artefacts found in Britain (now housed at the British Museum).


The Second World War begins. Germany's invasion of Poland prompted Britain and France to declare war forming the core of the Allied powers. As part of the Soviet-Nazi Pact, the Soviet Union joined the war on the German side, helping, with Italy, to form the Axis Powers. Poland was soon overpowered and the Baltic Republics and Finland were invaded by the Soviet Union.

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michael wallbanks

03 February 2021, 13:46

Is the portrait mentioned in Fortunes of War by Olivia Manning? A copy presumably, with the ‘flower Safety’, is moved from open display to being face to the wall in the (British) Club in Bucharest after Dunkirk, but it’s left unsaid whether that is to avoid annoying the Germans in the city or because Chamberlain was not an image the British wanted to see any more