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Ernest Bevin

67 of 67 portraits by Henryk Gotlib

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Ernest Bevin

by Henryk Gotlib
pencil, circa 1944-1945
11 in. x 8 1/8 in. (278 mm x 205 mm) paper size
Given by the widow of the artist, Janet Gotlib, 2000
Reference Collection
NPG D13577

Sitterback to top

  • Ernest Bevin (1881-1951), General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union and Labour politician; MP for Wandsworth Central and Woolwich East. Sitter associated with 59 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Henryk Gotlib (1890-1966), Painter. Artist or producer of 67 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

Events of 1944back to top

Current affairs

London is hit by the V1 Flying Bomb. This weapon, developed by the German Luftwaffe and colloquially known as the 'Buzz Bomb', or 'Doodlebug', was the first guided missile and was used for attacks on targets in England and Belgium.

Art and science

Laurence Olivier's epic film version of Henry V is released. Olivier directed and starred in the film, which was partly funded by the British government in recognition of its morale-boosting patriotic appeal. The cast included service men as Henry's army.


France is liberated from German-occupation following the Battle for Normandy. Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of occupied-France led by Field Marshall Montgomery, was the largest seaborne invasion in history, involving almost three million soldiers crossing the channel from England to France. Troops landed on the 6th June (D-Day), and Paris was liberated in late August.

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