Stanley Baldwin was the UK's Conservative Prime Minister three times between May 1923 and January 1924; November 1924 and June 1929 and June 1935 and May 1937. The cartoon figure is taken from a cartoon by David Low published in The Star on the 9th June 1925 and can be seen by searching for record LSE7276.
Tony Blair was the UK's Labour Prime Minister between May 1997 and June 2007. The cartoon figure is taken from a cartoon by Martin Rowson.
Harold Macmillan was the UK's Conservative Prime Minister between January 1957 and October 1963. The cartoon figure is taken from a cartoon by Vicky [Victor Weisz] published in the Daily Mirror on the 15th November 1955 and can be seen by searching for record VY0476.
Margaret Thatcher was the UK's Conservative Prime Minister between May 1979 and November 1990. The cartoon is a section of a cartoon by Steve Bell, whose cartoons are published daily in The Guardian newspaper.
Harold Wilson was the UK's Labour Prime Minister between March 1974 and April 1976. The cartoon figure is taken from a cartoon by Michael Cummings.
Photo: (c) Sefton Samuels / National Portrait Gallery, London
The general design of the site is based on the concept of the British newspaper which is the final destination for the majority of the artwork in the collection. In addition, a subtle visual connection has been created to the cartoonist Carl Giles.
The BCA hold the personal archive of Giles including objects and correspondence. The screen background texture is sourced from his drawing board and the holes present in the wood are the result of his artistic process; the ghost in the machine so to speak.