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Portrait of Nye Bevan by Walter Stevens Cole, 1942

This oil on board painting was produced in 1942, six years before the establishment of the NHS. The realist mode of depiction, sombre colours used and inclusion of a glass of beer help portray Bevan as an 'everyday' man of the people. The image was probably taken from a newspaper or magazine image of Bevan.

Source:
Carmarthenshire Museums Service Collection, on display in Parc Howard Museum and Art Gallery, http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/aneurin-bevan-18971960-177212

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