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Will Crooks

(1852-1921), Trade unionist, member of the Fabian Society and Labour politician; MP for Woolwich

William ('Will') Crooks

Sitter associated with 13 portraits
Will Crooks was a noted trade unionist and politician, and a member of the Fabian Society. He is particularly remembered for his campaigning work against poverty and inequality. Crooks grew up in extreme poverty after his father, a ship's stoker, lost an arm in an accident. The family spent some time in a workhouse and the children were separated from their parents and sent to a poor-law school. As an adult he became active in local politics, and served as London's first Labour mayor in 1901. Crooks entered Parliament as a Labour MP in 1903 where he campaigned for improvements to poor-law schooling and old age pensions.

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Will Crooks, by Harry Furniss - NPG 3561

Will Crooks

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3561

Will Crooks, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x197758

Will Crooks

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x197758

Will Crooks, by Benjamin Stone - NPG x15742

Will Crooks

by Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 2 July 1905
NPG x15742

'The Labour Group in the House of Commons, Photographed Feb. 13th 1906 on the Terrace', probably after Charles Henry Park - NPG x193150

'The Labour Group in the House of Commons, Photographed Feb. 13th 1906 on the Terrace'

probably after Charles Henry Park
halftone postcard print, 1906 (13 February 1906)
NPG x193150

Will Crooks, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x166880

Will Crooks

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1918
NPG x166880

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Will Crooks

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1918
NPG x65282

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Will Crooks

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1918
NPG x65283

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Will Crooks

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1918
NPG x65284

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Will Crooks

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1918
NPG x65285

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Will Crooks

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1918
NPG x65286

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