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Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham

(1852-1936), Traveller, president of the Scottish Labour party and writer

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 10 portraits
At seventeen Graham set out for South America, and became known as a great adventurer. He travelled in Morocco disguised as a Turkish sheik, prospected for gold in Spain, befriended Buffalo Bill in Texas, and taught fencing in Mexico City. He returned to the UK in 1883, became interested in socialist politics and was elected a Liberal MP in 1886. A supporter of Scottish independence, that year he helped establish the Scottish Home Rule Association. In 1888 he founded the Scottish Labour Party with Keir Hardie. He left the Liberal Party to contest the 1892 General Election as a Labour candidate but was defeated, ending his parliamentary career.

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Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham, by William John Stuart - NPG x1447

Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham

by William John Stuart
bromide print on card mount, mid 1910s
NPG x1447

Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham ('Statesmen. No. 549.'), by Sir Leslie Ward - NPG D44400

Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham ('Statesmen. No. 549.')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 25 August 1888
NPG D44400

Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham, by Thomas Robert Way, after  William Rothenstein - NPG D34752

Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham

by Thomas Robert Way, after William Rothenstein
lithograph, 1898
NPG D34752

Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham, by William Strang, printed by  David Strang - NPG D34753

Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham

by William Strang, printed by David Strang
etching, line engraving and drypoint, 1898
NPG D34753

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