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"Brendan Bracken" by Stephen, Probably post-1940. Ink on board.

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Brendan Bracken

"Brendan Bracken" by Stephen, Probably post-1940

Catalogue ref: INF 3/59Links to the Catalogue


Caricature of Brendan Bracken, recognisable by his distinctive mop of (red) hair and glasses, a man who did not like posing for photos. Bracken, Minister of Information from 1941 until the surrender of Germany (1945), was a very close friend of Churchill's.

Originally a financial journalist, Bracken had first been elected as an MP in 1929, with the support of Churchill. He remained faithful to Churchill throughout the 1930s when Churchill was out of favour. He became Parliamentary Private Secretary for Churchill in the Admiralty when war broke out, then moved with Churchill to the coalition government. Bracken joined the Ministry of Information when it had settled down after three leadership changes in quick succession. Though it was still viewed poorly by Fleet Street, his journalistic background and closeness to Churchill resulted in greater acceptance of its role.