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"Ernest Bevin" by Arthur Boughley, 1942, Charcoal and pencil on paper.

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Ernest Bevin

"Ernest Bevin" by Arthur Boughley, 1942

Catalogue ref: INF 3/61Links to the Catalogue


Portrait of Ernest Bevin, moderate socialist and member of the Labour Party. He was a firm opponent of Communism, Fascism, and appeasement. Images of Bevin were displayed in many factories. On 3 October 1940 Bevin became Minister of Labour and National Service, mobilising manpower for war uses.

Bevin was a moderate who believed in achieving agreement through ‘reasoned argument' rather than confrontation. He referred to workers he met in factories as ‘mates', and was readily accepted. As leader and founder of the Transport and General Workers' Union at the time of the General Strike, he was trusted more than Churchill. Churchill's reputation, particularly with the miners, was poor after the 1910 Tonypandy massacre.