Karsh Signature

Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Clement Attlee

Clement Attlee, 1949

Clement Attlee was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1945 to 1951 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1935 to 1955. He was Deputy Prime Minister during the wartime coalition government under Winston Churchill, and served twice as Leader of the Opposition from 1935 to 1940 and from 1951 to 1955. He was born on this day, January 3, in 1883 (d. 1967).

Attlee remains the longest serving Labour leader. Attlee was photographed by Karsh four times, with the Sitter cards reading: 1941: “Right Honorable Clement Attlee MP”; 1943: “The Right Honorable Clement Attlee MP, Deputy Prime Minister”; 1945: “The Right Honorable Clement Attlee MP, For LIFE Magazine”; and 1949: “Prime Minister Clement Attlee, For Newsweek Magazine.” See more.