2 of 21 portraits of Keir Hardie
by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, before 1892
8 1/2 in. x 4 7/8 in. (216 mm x 124 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- (James) Keir Hardie (né James Kerr) (1856-1915), Socialist leader and founder of the Labour Party. Sitter in 21 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Harry Furniss (1854-1925), Caricaturist. Artist associated with 435 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This caricature is one of a series by the artist of parliamentary figures. Published in Punch magazine a month after Hardie's election to Parliament, it shows Hardie dressed in the manner that delighted his supporters and was mocked by his opponents. Although by no means typical 'working class' apparel, Hardie's rejection of the conventional frock coat and top hat signalled his challenge to the established ruling class.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Keir Hardie: Radical, Socialist, Feminist (From 2 June 2015)
- In Conversation: What Would Keir Hardie say?
3 September, 19:00