Jennie Lee, Independent Socialist Candidate, Bristol Central By-election (1943)
About this artwork
This photograph, taken for an American news magazine, shows the campaign headquarters of the socialist politician, Jennie Lee (1904-1988). Born in Lochgelly in Fife, Lee became the youngest ever woman elected to Westminster in 1929 when she won the north Lanark by-election for labour. An ardent supporter of the Soviet Union and energetic campaigner, Lee stood in Bristol Central in 1943 as an independent candidate in support of a two-front war. She lost the election to the government's candidate, Lady Viola Apsley, whose pro-Churchill campaign was described by the press as 'a monument of decorum'.
- title: Jennie Lee, Independent Socialist Candidate, Bristol Central By-election
- accession number: PGP 253.1
- artist: Robert CapaAmerican (1913 - 1954)
- depicted: Jennie Lee
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
- object type: Photograph
- subject: Political reform Politics and government Working classes
- materials: Silver gelatine print
- date created: 1943
- measurements: 20.30 x 24.80 cm
- credit line: Purchased 1999
The Hungarian born photojournalist Robert Capa, shot to public prominence in the mid-1930s with photographs from the front lines of the Spanish Civil War. Circulated widely across western Europe and America in the new illustrated press, Capa's dramatic and engaging imagery transformed war reporting. New light-weight camera technology allowed Capa to get closer to the action than ever before. He died 'in action' on 25 May 1954 when he stepped on a land mine on a remote battlefield in Indochina. Soon after that the Robert Capa Award was established 'for superlative photography requiring exceptional courage and enterprise abroad'.