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John Elliott Burns

(1858-1943), Trade unionist and Liberal politician; MP for Battersea

Sitter in 30 portraits
Burns rose from a humble background to become a politician and champion of the labour movement. He began working as an apprentice engineer aged ten and he was largely self-educated. He joined the Social Democratic Foundation in 1885 and was elected MP in 1892, but refused to join the Independent Labour Party and moved towards the Liberals. He became a member of the cabinet as President of the Local Government Board 1905-14, and of the Board of Trade, 1914. Burns resigned in opposition to the war and took no further part in public life.

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John Elliott Burns, by Reginald Haines - NPG x4926

John Elliott Burns

by Reginald Haines
bromide print, circa 1913
NPG x4926

John Elliott Burns, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x4925

John Elliott Burns

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
bromide print, early 1920s
NPG x4925

John Elliott Burns, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x4924

John Elliott Burns

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype, circa 1920
NPG x4924

John Elliott Burns, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x4927

John Elliott Burns

by George Charles Beresford
vintage print, circa 1920
NPG x4927

John Elliott Burns ('Statesmen, No, 603.'), by Sir Leslie Ward - NPG D44616

John Elliott Burns ('Statesmen, No, 603.')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 15 October 1892
NPG D44616

John Elliott Burns, after Frederick Drummond Niblett ('Nibs') - NPG D9536

John Elliott Burns

after Frederick Drummond Niblett ('Nibs')
coloured print, published 1907
NPG D9536

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John Elliott Burns

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1893
NPG x4921

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John Elliott Burns

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1902
NPG x6453



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