Ben Uri collection

Portrait of Baron Beveridge

Artist information

Name Joseph Ross (1911-1991)

Born Netherlands

Died Israel

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Joseph Ross was born in Belgium in 1911 and left Europe c. 1933-35, settling in Palestine in 1935. A self-taught artist, he became a well-known illustrator and his works were later published widely in newspapers and journals in Israel.

Object Details

Object type drawing

Medium coloured pencil, pastel, pen and ink on tracing paper

Materials and techniques pastel (medium) paper (support)

Unframed 39.5 x 25 cm

Signed right: Ross [Hebrew and English]

Acquisition presented by the artist

Accession number 1987-345i

Display status not on display

William Henry Beveridge, 1st Baron Beveridge (1879-1963), was an economist of progressive views and a well-known social reformer. He held a number of offices and posts prior to his elevation to the peerage: Sub-Warden, Toynbee Hall, in London’s East End, 1903; barrister, Inner Temple 1904; entered the Civil Service 1908 and worked closely with David Lloyd George in laying foundations of social service legislation before 1914; Director of Employment Exchanges 1909-16; CB 1916; Director, London School of Economics 1919-37; KCB 1919; Master, University College, Oxford 1937-44; Chairman, Committee on Social Insurance and Allied Services 1941 - almost the whole of his recommendations (the "Beveridge Report") regarding the social security system were accepted by the war time Coalition Government and later constituted the framework of the Welfare State legislation.

He was Member of Parliament (Liberal) for Berwick-upon-Tweed 1944-45 and authored a number of books, notably ‘Full Employment in a Free Society’.

He was created 1st Baron Beveridge in 1946 and upon his death the Barony of Beveridge became extinct.

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