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John Elliott Burns (1858-1943), Trade unionist and Liberal politician; MP for Battersea

Sitter in 30 portraits
Burns left school at ten and became an active trades unionist as an apprentice engineer; joined Social Democratic Foundation in 1885. Elected MP in 1892 but refused to join the Independent Labour Party and moved towards the Liberals. He became member of cabinet as President of the Local Government Board 1905-14, and of the Board of Trade, 1914. Burns resigned in opposition to the war and took no further part in public life.

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3346

John Elliott Burns

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3346

2290

John Elliott Burns

by Sydney Prior Hall
pencil, 1888-1889
NPG 2290

3170

John Elliott Burns

by John Collier
oil on canvas, 1889
On display in Room 22 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3170

3851

John Elliott Burns

by Sir Henry Maximilian ('Max') Beerbohm
ink and wash
NPG 3851

5124

John Elliott Burns

by Harold Speed
sanguine, 1907
NPG 5124

2826

John Elliott Burns

by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.')
pen and ink, 1908
NPG 2826

Ax16148

John Elliott Burns

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1893
NPG Ax16148

x4922

John Elliott Burns

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
bromide print, mid 1890s
NPG x4922

x8921

John Elliott Burns

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 12 July 1897
NPG x8921

x197724

John Elliott Burns

by Ernest Herbert ('E.H.') Mills, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x197724

x197725

John Elliott Burns

by Ernest Herbert ('E.H.') Mills, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x197725

x197726

John Elliott Burns

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, early 1900s
NPG x197726

x7949

John Elliott Burns

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 1901
NPG x7949

x8922

John Elliott Burns

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 1901
NPG x8922

x8923

John Elliott Burns

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 1905
NPG x8923

x197727

John Elliott Burns

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, circa 1906
NPG x197727

x4926

John Elliott Burns

by Reginald Haines
bromide print, circa 1913
NPG x4926

x4925

John Elliott Burns

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
bromide print, early 1920s
NPG x4925

x4924

John Elliott Burns

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype, circa 1920
NPG x4924

x4927

John Elliott Burns

by George Charles Beresford
vintage print, circa 1920
NPG x4927

D9536

John Elliott Burns

after Frederick Drummond Niblett ('Nibs')
coloured print, published 1907
NPG D9536

x4921

John Elliott Burns

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1893
NPG x4921

x6453

John Elliott Burns

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1902
NPG x6453

D44616

John Elliott Burns ('Statesmen, No, 603.')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 15 October 1892
NPG D44616

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