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Ramsay MacDonald (1866-1937), Prime Minister

(James) Ramsay MacDonald

Sitter in 64 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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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

D2680

Ramsay MacDonald

by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
NPG D2680

D4532

Ramsay MacDonald

after Sir David Low
print, 1926
NPG D4532

D2837

Ramsay MacDonald

by Tom Cottrell
chromolithographic 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
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1932
NPG D2725

x90450

Ramsay MacDonald

by Elliott & Fry
bromide 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

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