An author contacted us to inquire about a black and white portrait of “Harold Alexander” for publication in his upcoming book. In 1943 Karsh photographed this gentleman and recorded the Sitting as: The Right Honorable A. V. Alexander MP, First Lord of the Admiralty. While researching the image in question, we digitized this superb color photograph from the same Sitting.
Field Marshal Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, KG, GCB, OM, GCMG, CSI, DSO, MC, CD, PC (Can), was a senior British Army officer who served with distinction in both the First World War and the Second World War. In 1946 he was appointed as governor general by King George VI, on the recommendation of Prime Minister of Canada William Lyon Mackenzie King, to replace the Earl of Athlone as viceroy, and he occupied the post until succeeded by Vincent Massey in 1952.