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Fabian Society

55 People in sitter grouping:

The Fabian Society is considered the precursor to the foundation of the Labour party in 1900. Against a backdrop of increased socialist activity in late Victorian Britain, the society was formed on 4th January 1884. It was an off-shoot of another socialist society called The Fellowship of the New Life, members were able to attend both societies, until The Fellowship dissolved in 1899. The Fabian Society was named in honour of the Roman general Quintus Fabius, who successfully implemented the strategy of delaying his attacks on the invading Carthaginian Army. The ground breaking Fabian Essays by writers including George Bernard Shaw and Annie Besant, championed the power of local government and trade unionism over violent upheaval. Beatrice and Sidney Webb are two of the society's most significant figures and Beatrice's 'Minority Report to the Commission of the Poor Law' is considered to have provided the foundations for the modern welfare state. The society founded the London Schools of Economics and the New Statesmen magazine.

Clement Richard Attlee, 1st Earl Attlee

Prime Minister
Sitter in 47 portraits

Anthony Wedgwood ('Tony') Benn

Politician; Chairman of the Labour Party
Sitter in 24 portraits

(Enoch) Arnold Bennett

Author and journalist
Sitter in 33 portraits

Anthony Charles Lynton ('Tony') Blair

Prime Minister
Sitter in 14 portraits

Rupert Brooke

Sitter in 20 portraits

(James) Gordon Brown

Prime Minister
Sitter in 7 portraits

Walter Crane

Illustrator, designer, painter and socialist
Sitter in 17 portraits

(James) Ramsay MacDonald

Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 67 portraits

Emmeline Pankhurst

Militant suffragette
Sitter in 14 portraits

Sidney James Webb, Baron Passfield

Politician; MP for Seaham, social reformer, economist and a co-founder of the London School of Economics
Sitter in 90 portraits

(Martha) Beatrice Webb (née Potter), Baroness Passfield

Social reformer, economist and diarist
Sitter in 76 portraits

Arthur Michell Ransome

Journalist and author
Sitter in 15 portraits

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell

Philosopher, mathematician and social reformer
Sitter in 114 portraits

George Bernard Shaw

Sitter in 147 portraits | Artist associated with 8 portraits

Herbert George Wells

Novelist and social commentator
Sitter associated with 78 portraits

Shirley Vivien Teresa Brittain Williams, Baroness Williams of Crosby

Academic and politician; MP for Hitchin, Crosby and Stevenage and co-founder of Social Democratic Party
Sitter in 11 portraits

(James) Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx

Prime Minister
Sitter in 48 portraits

Leonard Sidney Woolf

Writer and publisher
Sitter in 9 portraits

Virginia Woolf (née Stephen)

Novelist and critic; sister of Vanessa Bell
Sitter in 63 portraits

(Reginald) Clifford Allen, 1st Baron Allen of Hurtwood

Politician, pacifist and Chairman of the No-Conscription Fellowship in the Great War
Sitter in 5 portraits