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William John Christopher Vassall

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Vassall was an RAF photographer during the Second World War, who in 1946, worked as a clerk in the Admiralty. In 1954 he was appointed assistant to the British naval attaché in Moscow, where he was blackmailed by the KGB for his homosexuality. On return to London in 1956 he was assigned to the Admiralty's Naval Intelligence Division. He provided the Soviets with thousands of classified documents. Promoted in 1959, he conveyed Admiralty secrets concerning radar, torpedoes, and anti-submarine devices.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London


Date

1966

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 55.7 x W 35.2 cm

Accession number

6552

Acquisition method

Given by executors of the Estate of Eileen Hose, 1991

Work type

Painting


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