by Powys Evans
pen and ink, 1924
13 7/8 in. x 10 in. (354 mm x 253 mm)
Purchased with funding from the Elizabeth Weisz Fund, 2006
- Arthur Henderson (1863-1935), Politician, leader of the Labour Party, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and iron moulder. Sitter in 13 portraits.
- Powys Evans (1899-1981), 'Quiz'; caricaturist. Artist associated with 99 portraits, Sitter associated with 1 portrait.
This cartoon, published in the Saturday Review, 8 March 1924, shows Henderson as newly-appointed Home Secretary.
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Art and science
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