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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

1883-1967
Prime Minister
Sitter in 47 portraits

Anthony Wedgwood ('Tony') Benn

1925-2014
Politician; Chairman of the Labour Party
Sitter in 24 portraits

(Enoch) Arnold Bennett

1867-1931
Author and journalist
Sitter in 33 portraits

Anthony Charles Lynton ('Tony') Blair

1953-
Prime Minister
Sitter in 14 portraits

Rupert Brooke

1887-1915
Poet
Sitter in 20 portraits

(James) Gordon Brown

1951-
Prime Minister
Sitter in 7 portraits

Walter Crane

1845-1915
Illustrator, designer, painter and socialist
Sitter in 17 portraits

(James) Ramsay MacDonald

1866-1937
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 67 portraits

Emmeline Pankhurst

1858-1928
Militant suffragette
Sitter in 14 portraits

Sidney James Webb, Baron Passfield

1859-1947
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

1858-1943
Social reformer, economist and diarist
Sitter in 76 portraits

Arthur Michell Ransome

1884-1967
Journalist and author
Sitter in 15 portraits

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell

1872-1970
Philosopher, mathematician and social reformer
Sitter in 114 portraits

George Bernard Shaw

1856-1950
Playwright
Sitter in 147 portraits | Artist associated with 8 portraits

Herbert George Wells

1866-1946
Novelist and social commentator
Sitter associated with 78 portraits

Shirley Vivien Teresa Brittain Williams, Baroness Williams of Crosby

1930-
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

1916-1995
Prime Minister
Sitter in 48 portraits

Leonard Sidney Woolf

1880-1969
Writer and publisher
Sitter in 9 portraits

Virginia Woolf (née Stephen)

1882-1941
Novelist and critic; sister of Vanessa Bell
Sitter in 63 portraits

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

1889-1939
Politician, pacifist and Chairman of the No-Conscription Fellowship in the Great War
Sitter in 5 portraits