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Walter Runciman, 1st Viscount Runciman of Doxford (1870-1949), Politician; MP for several constituencies and son of 1st Baron Runciman

Sitter in 25 portraits
A prominent Liberal politician from the 1900s until the 1930s. The son of shipping magnate Sir Walter Runciman, he was elected to Parliament as an MP in 1899. He rose through the ranks of the Liberal Party and in 1908 became President of the Board of Education which he held for three years, followed by another three years as President of the Board of Agriculture. Runciman served twice as President of the Board of Trade, from 1914 to 1916 and again from 1931 until 1937. In 1938, Neville Chamberlain sent him to Czechoslovakia to try to obtain a settlement between the Czechoslovak government and the Germans. The mission did not produce immediate results, although it led to the Munich Agreement.

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Walter Runciman, 1st Viscount Runciman of Doxford

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 12 March 1935
NPG x179282

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Walter Runciman, 1st Viscount Runciman of Doxford

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 12 March 1935
NPG x179283

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Walter Runciman, 1st Viscount Runciman of Doxford

by Elliott & Fry
vintage print, 15 November 1949
NPG x91250

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Walter Runciman, 1st Viscount Runciman of Doxford

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, 15 November 1949
NPG x92702

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Walter Runciman, 1st Viscount Runciman of Doxford

after Frances Amicia de Biden Footner
collotype, (1934)
NPG D20829