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Ramsay MacDonald

(1866-1937), Prime Minister

(James) Ramsay MacDonald

Sitter in 65 portraits
With Keir Hardie, Macdonald created the Labour Representation Committee in 1900 and, in a pact with the Liberals, was among the first Labour MPs to be elected in 1906. He was Leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party 1911-14 and 1922-31. A moderate, Macdonald persuaded his party to reject communism in 1920. He became Britain's first Labour Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary in 1924. When the Depression brought Macdonald's second term of office to an end in 1931, he became premier of a National Government, but was expelled from the Labour Party. Accused by many of 'falling into the aristocratic embrace', he nevertheless saw Labour overtake the Liberals to become the alternative party of government.

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Ramsay MacDonald, by Solomon Joseph Solomon - NPG 3890

Ramsay MacDonald

by Solomon Joseph Solomon
oil on canvas, 1911
NPG 3890

Ramsay MacDonald, by Winifred Cécile Dongworth - NPG 5029

Ramsay MacDonald

by Winifred Cécile Dongworth
watercolour on ivory, 1920-1930
NPG 5029

Ramsay MacDonald, by Lilian Mary Mayer - NPG 2066

Ramsay MacDonald

by Lilian Mary Mayer
watercolour on ivory, 1924
NPG 2066

Ramsay MacDonald, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(222)

Ramsay MacDonald

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1926 or before
NPG 4529(222)

Ramsay MacDonald with members of his family, by Margaret MacGregor ('Peggy') Angus - NPG 6102

Ramsay MacDonald with members of his family

by Margaret MacGregor ('Peggy') Angus
oil on plywood, 1930s
NPG 6102

Ramsay MacDonald, by Sir John Lavery - NPG 2959

Ramsay MacDonald

by Sir John Lavery
oil on canvas, 1931
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2959

Ramsay MacDonald, by Sir Henry Maximilian ('Max') Beerbohm - NPG 4665

Ramsay MacDonald

by Sir Henry Maximilian ('Max') Beerbohm
chalk, 1931
NPG 4665

Ramsay MacDonald, by Sir Jacob Epstein - NPG 2934

Ramsay MacDonald

by Sir Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1934
NPG 2934

'Like Father: Like Son (XIV)' (Malcolm John MacDonald; Ramsay MacDonald), by Anthony Wysard - NPG 6123

'Like Father: Like Son (XIV)' (Malcolm John MacDonald; Ramsay MacDonald)

by Anthony Wysard
pencil and gouache, published in 'The Tatler' April 1936
NPG 6123

'The Labour Group in the House of Commons, Photographed Feb. 13th 1906 on the Terrace', probably after Charles Henry Park - NPG x193150

'The Labour Group in the House of Commons, Photographed Feb. 13th 1906 on the Terrace'

probably after Charles Henry Park
halftone postcard print, 1906 (13 February 1906)
NPG x193150

Ramsay MacDonald, by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone - NPG x31583

Ramsay MacDonald

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, July 1907
NPG x31583

Ramsay MacDonald, by Central News Ltd, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x197823

Ramsay MacDonald

by Central News Ltd, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1910s
NPG x197823

Ramsay MacDonald, published by Independent Labour Party ('I.L.P.') - NPG x197826

Ramsay MacDonald

published by Independent Labour Party ('I.L.P.')
halftone postcard print, circa 1910
NPG x197826

Ramsay MacDonald, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140482

Ramsay MacDonald

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1914
NPG Ax140482

Ramsay MacDonald, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x14388

Ramsay MacDonald

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype, December 1919
NPG x14388

Ramsay MacDonald, by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy) - NPG x14389

Ramsay MacDonald

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
platinum print, 1920s
NPG x14389

Ramsay MacDonald, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x6542

Ramsay MacDonald

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1920
NPG x6542

Ramsay MacDonald, by Claude Harris - NPG x9084

Ramsay MacDonald

by Claude Harris
vintage bromide print, 1920s
NPG x9084

Ramsay MacDonald, by Hay Wrightson, published by  James Dawson Yeadon - NPG x197822

Ramsay MacDonald

by Hay Wrightson, published by James Dawson Yeadon
bromide postcard print, circa 1920s
NPG x197822

Ramsay MacDonald, by Vandyk, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x197824

Ramsay MacDonald

by Vandyk, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, circa 1920s
NPG x197824

Ramsay MacDonald, by Walter Scott - NPG x197825

Ramsay MacDonald

by Walter Scott
bromide postcard print, circa 1920s
NPG x197825

Ramsay MacDonald, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x83712

Ramsay MacDonald

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 1923
NPG x83712

Ramsay MacDonald, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x83816

Ramsay MacDonald

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 1923
NPG x83816

Ramsay MacDonald, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x83817

Ramsay MacDonald

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 1923
NPG x83817

Ramsay MacDonald, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x18817

Ramsay MacDonald

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 5 February 1923
NPG x18817

Ramsay MacDonald, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x18818

Ramsay MacDonald

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 5 February 1923
NPG x18818

Ramsay MacDonald, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x18819

Ramsay MacDonald

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 5 February 1923
NPG x18819

Ramsay MacDonald, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x18816

Ramsay MacDonald

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 5 February 1923
NPG x18816

Ramsay MacDonald, by London News Agency - NPG x13192

Ramsay MacDonald

by London News Agency
carbon print, January 1924
NPG x13192

Ramsay MacDonald and his cabinet of 1924, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x182171

Ramsay MacDonald and his cabinet of 1924

by Elliott & Fry
12 x 10 inch glass plate negative, 1924
NPG x182171

Ramsay MacDonald, by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy) - NPG x7196

Ramsay MacDonald

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
whole-plate autochrome, 1926
NPG x7196

Ramsay MacDonald, by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy) - NPG x7197

Ramsay MacDonald

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
whole-plate autochrome, 1926
NPG x7197

'The Labour Cabinet, 1929', by Barratt's - NPG x197884

'The Labour Cabinet, 1929'

by Barratt's
bromide postcard print, 1929
NPG x197884

Ramsay MacDonald; William Lyon Mackenzie King, by Unknown photographer - NPG x194134

Ramsay MacDonald; William Lyon Mackenzie King

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, early 1930s
NPG x194134

Ramsay MacDonald, published by J. Millhoff & Co Ltd - NPG x196383

Ramsay MacDonald

published by J. Millhoff & Co Ltd
bromide cigarette card, published circa 1930
NPG x196383

National Cabinet Group, by James Jarché, for  Daily Herald - NPG x88283

National Cabinet Group

by James Jarché, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 31 August 1931
NPG x88283

National Cabinet Group, by James Jarché, for  Daily Herald - NPG x88323

National Cabinet Group

by James Jarché, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 31 August 1931
NPG x88323

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