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Ramsay MacDonald (1866-1937), Prime Minister

(James) Ramsay MacDonald

Sitter in 56 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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D2837

Ramsay MacDonald

by Tom Cottrell
cigarette card, 1929
NPG D2837

D9879

The Die-Hard (Stanley Baldwin, 1st Earl Baldwin; Ramsay MacDonald)

by Sir (John) Bernard Partridge
ink and wash laid down on board, 1930
NPG D9879

D9673

The Master Chemist (Ramsay MacDonald)

by Sir (John) Bernard Partridge
pen and ink, 1931
NPG D9673

D2725

Ramsay MacDonald

by Unknown artist, issued by Godfrey Phillips
cigarette card, 1932
NPG D2725

x90450

Ramsay MacDonald

by Elliott & Fry
vintage print
NPG x90450

x135697

'Silver Wedding Presentation to the Speaker and Mrs Lowther'

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 3 May 1911
NPG x135697

x6541

Ramsay MacDonald

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1920
NPG x6541

x162137

Ramsay MacDonald

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1923
NPG x162137

x162226

Ramsay MacDonald

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1923
NPG x162226

x90449

Ramsay MacDonald

by Elliott & Fry
vintage print, 1924
NPG x90449

x194134

Ramsay MacDonald; William Lyon Mackenzie King

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, early-1930s
NPG x194134

x189128

Ramsay MacDonald

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass copy negative, October 1947 (1923)
NPG x189128

x189129

Ramsay MacDonald

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass copy negative, October 1947 (28 March 1933)
NPG x189129

x176215

Ramsay MacDonald

by Elliott & Fry, copied by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 3 March 1965
NPG x176215