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Ramsay MacDonald (1866-1937), Prime Minister

(James) Ramsay MacDonald

Sitter in 63 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 Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 5 February 1923
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Ramsay MacDonald

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

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Ramsay MacDonald

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

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Ramsay MacDonald

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

x13192

Ramsay MacDonald

by London News Agency
carbon print, January 1924
NPG x13192

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Ramsay MacDonald and his cabinet of 1924

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

x7196

Ramsay MacDonald

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

x7197

Ramsay MacDonald

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

x139625

Lillian Ward; Ramsay MacDonald; Ishbel Allan MacDonald (Mrs Peterkin)

by P & A Photos
vintage print, October 1929
NPG x139625

x194134

Ramsay MacDonald; William Lyon Mackenzie King

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, early 1930s
NPG x194134

x88283

National Cabinet Group

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

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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Ramsay MacDonald and his cabinet of 1931

by Press Association Photos
vintage print, 1931
NPG x184174

x20209

'The Prime Minister's Reparations Dilema'

by Central Press
bromide print, 11 January 1932
NPG x20209

x14390

Ramsay MacDonald

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
platinotype on photographer's card mount, 12 October 1933
NPG x14390

x13193

Ramsay MacDonald

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1937
NPG x13193

D9914

The Wait-And-Seesaw

by Sir (John) Bernard Partridge
pen and ink on artists' board, 1923
NPG D9914

D9677

The Paulo-Post-Futurist (Ramsay MacDonald)

by Sir (John) Bernard Partridge
pen and ink, 1924
NPG D9677

D9845

The Labours of MacHercules (Ramsay MacDonald)

by Sir (John) Bernard Partridge
pen and ink on artists' board, 1924
NPG D9845