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George Nicoll Barnes (1859-1940), Trade unionist and politician, MP for Glasgow

Sitter in 11 portraits
Born in Lochee, Forfarshire, became an active member of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers and joined the Independent Labour Party (ILP) on its foundation in 1893; national secretary of the Society for twelve years from 1896; elected for Glasgow Blackfriars (later Gorbals) at the 1906 general election and held the seat until his retirement in 1922; became a major spokesman for Labour, especially during the mobilisation of national resources to fight the First World War; resigned his ministerial post in 1920 and from politics more generally in 1922; continued to support the ILP throughout his retirement and published several books, including his autobiography; died in April 1940 in London.

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Statesmen of World War I

by Sir James Guthrie
oil on canvas, 1924-1930
On display in Room 30 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2463

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George Nicoll Barnes

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 1907
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George Nicoll Barnes

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 1907
NPG x8296

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George Nicoll Barnes

by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons
bromide print, circa 1916
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George Nicoll Barnes

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, before 1917
NPG x163904

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The Imperial War Cabinet

by Vandyk
negative, 25 June 1918
NPG x32125

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George Nicoll Barnes

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 8 April 1918
NPG x33492

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George Nicoll Barnes

by Unknown photographer
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George Nicoll Barnes

by Unknown photographer
NPG x32124

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George Nicoll Barnes

by Unknown photographer
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George Nicoll Barnes

by Unknown photographer
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