Newspaper proprietor and publisher. In the post-war years, King, the chairman of Mirror Newspapers and the Mirror Group, built a worldwide publishing empire, which became in 1963, the International Printing Corporation (IPC). Under King, the Daily Herald, 'Labour's own (and only) paper' became the Sun. King and Hugh Cudlipp, his editor at the Daily Mirror, had a serious impact on the fortunes of the post-war Labour Party, both in and out of office.This portrait was commissioned for the Board Room of IPC. But even as King sat for Sutherland, its fate was overtaken by events. For in 1968, King, convinced that the country under Harold Wilson was heading for financial disaster, proposed an emergency government under Lord Mountbatten. Advised by Solly Zuckerman that this would be treason, Mountbatten refused. After an inflammatory piece in the Mirror, King was dismissed by IPC and retired to Ireland with his second wife, Ruth Railton, the founder of the National Youth Orchestra. The portrait never hung in the Board Room and was given to the sitter by the incoming Chairman.
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National Portrait Gallery, London
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