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

Sitter in 25 portraits
Labour leader and politician; 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; became member of cabinet as President of the Local Government Board 1905-14, and of the Board of Trade, 1914; resigned in opposition to the war and took no further part in public life.

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John Elliott Burns

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype, circa 1920
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John Elliott Burns

by George Charles Beresford
vintage print, circa 1920
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John Elliott Burns

after Frederick Drummond Niblett ('Nibs')
coloured print, published 1907
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John Elliott Burns

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1893
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John Elliott Burns

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1902
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