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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 Attlee

Clement Attlee

1883-1967
Prime Minister
Sitter in 49 portraits
Tony Benn

Tony Benn

1925-2014
Politician; Chairman of the Labour Party
Sitter in 26 portraits
Arnold Bennett

Arnold Bennett

1867-1931
Author and journalist
Sitter in 33 portraits
Annie Besant (née Wood)

Annie Besant (née Wood)

1847-1933
Socialist, theosophist, women's rights activist, writer and supporter of Irish and Indian self-rule
Sitter in 4 portraits
Tony Blair

Tony Blair

1953-
Prime Minister
Sitter in 15 portraits
Rupert Brooke

Rupert Brooke

1887-1915
Poet
Sitter in 21 portraits
Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown

1951-
Prime Minister
Sitter in 7 portraits
Edward Carpenter

Edward Carpenter

1844-1929
Writer on social subjects
Sitter in 8 portraits
George Douglas Howard Cole

George Douglas Howard Cole

1889-1959
University teacher, writer and socialist
Sitter in 11 portraits
Walter Crane

Walter Crane

1845-1915
Illustrator, designer, painter and socialist
Sitter in 17 portraits
(Charles) Anthony Raven Crosland

(Charles) Anthony Raven Crosland

1918-1977
Politician and writer
Sitter in 24 portraits
Richard Crossman

Richard Crossman

1907-1974
Labour politician, diarist and editor of the New Statesman
Sitter in 13 portraits
(Edward) Hugh John Neale Dalton, Baron Dalton

(Edward) Hugh John Neale Dalton, Baron Dalton

1887-1962
Labour politician and economist
Sitter in 25 portraits
Henry Havelock Ellis

Henry Havelock Ellis

1859-1939
Physician and psychologist
Sitter in 17 portraits
Ramsay MacDonald

Ramsay MacDonald

1866-1937
Prime Minister
Sitter associated with 70 portraits
(Jenny Julia) Eleanor Marx (later Marx-Aveling)

(Jenny Julia) Eleanor Marx (later Marx-Aveling)

1855-1898
Socialist writer and activist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Ian Mikardo

Ian Mikardo

1908-1993
Writer, zionist and Labour politician; MP for Reading, Bethnal Green and Poplar
Sitter in 7 portraits
Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru

1889-1964
First Prime Minister of India; son of Pandit Motilal Nehru
Sitter associated with 18 portraits
E. Nesbit

E. Nesbit

1858-1924
Writer and co-founder of the Fabian Society
Sitter in 1 portrait
Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst

1858-1928
Militant suffragette
Sitter in 15 portraits