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Keir Hardie (1856-1915), Socialist leader and founder of the Labour Party

(James) Keir Hardie (né James Kerr)

Sitter in 21 portraits
Socialist, miner, trade unionist, MP (1892-5, 1900-15) and leader of the Labour Party (1906-8). Born in a one-room cottage in Lanarkshire, Hardie entered parliament in 1892 as independent Labour MP for West Ham South, one of the very first working class members. He made his entrance into the House of Commons heralded by a brass band, and wearing a tweed suit and deerstalker hat, thus becoming known as 'the man in the cloth cap'. He became the first leader of the Labour Party in the House of Commons in 1906. An eloquent spokesman and greatly respected pioneer, he was largely responsible for the creation of the Labour Party as a political force.

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Keir Hardie

by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.')
pen and ink, 1890s?
NPG 2846


Keir Hardie

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, before 1892
NPG 3579


Keir Hardie

by (John) Furley Lewis
sepia-toned vintage print, 1902
NPG P1091


Keir Hardie

by Cosmo Rowe, after a photograph by George Charles Beresford
pencil, (1905)
NPG 2542


Keir Hardie

by Sir Leslie Ward
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 8 February 1906
NPG 4456


Keir Hardie

by Sylvia Pankhurst
watercolour, before 1910
NPG 3979


Keir Hardie

by Sylvia Pankhurst
chalk, circa 1910
NPG 3978


Keir Hardie

by Arthur Clegg Weston
bromide cabinet card, circa 1892
NPG x13173


Keir Hardie

by James Russell & Sons
halftone postcard print, 1900s
NPG x197786


Keir Hardie

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype print, 1905
NPG x13172


Keir Hardie

by Ernest Herbert ('E.H.') Mills, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, circa 1905
NPG x197785


'The Labour Group in the House of Commons, Photographed Feb. 13th 1906 on the Terrace'

probably after Charles Henry Park
halftone postcard print, 1906 (13 February 1906)
NPG x193150


Keir Hardie

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 1908
NPG x20359


Keir Hardie

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 1908
NPG x20358


Keir Hardie

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 1911
NPG x20361


Keir Hardie

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 1911
NPG x1097


William Adamson; Keir Hardie; Thomas Richardson

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 6 February 1911
NPG x137724


Keir Hardie

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, circa 1914
NPG x197897


Keir Hardie

by Cosmo Rowe, after a photograph by George Charles Beresford
lithograph, (1905)
NPG D42979


Keir Hardie

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1905
NPG x6516

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