10 of 32 portraits of Aneurin Bevan
© Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby's London. Collection National Portrait Gallery, London
by Cecil Beaton
bromide print on white card mount, 1940
9 3/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (239 mm x 190 mm)
Given by Cecil Beaton, 1968
Sitterback to top
- Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), Editor of 'Tribune' and Labour politician; MP for Ebbw Vale and Minister of Health; husband of Jennie Lee. Sitter in 32 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), Photographer, designer and writer. Artist associated with 1112 portraits, Sitter associated with 360 portraits.
Events of 1940back to top
Current affairsFollowing the German invasion of the Netherlands, Belgium and France, Neville Chamberlain resigns and Churchill is appointed Prime Minister making the famous speech: 'I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.'
The Battle of Britain ends the Phoney War with Germany's attack on the nation from the air. Britain's cities, airbases and ports are bombed during the Blitz.