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Henry Mayers Hyndman

(1842-1921), Socialist leader

Sitter in 4 portraits
After studying at Cambridge, Hyndman worked as a war correspondent on the Pall Mall Gazette reporting on Garibaldi's advances in Italy and becoming fascinated by European nationalism. A substantial inheritance allowed him to combine business interests with political activism. Influenced by Karl Marx, Hyndman determined to establish a new political party aimed at 'the direct representation of labour'. The Democratic Federation was inaugurated in June 1881 and later became the Social Democratic Federation. Hyndman was a leading figure during the labour agitations of the 1880s and a distinctive voice in the socialist movement up to his death in 1921. The SDF became affiliated with the Labour Party in 1918.

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Henry Mayers Hyndman, by Sydney Prior Hall - NPG 6747

Henry Mayers Hyndman

by Sydney Prior Hall
oil on canvas, exhibited 1914
NPG 6747

Henry Mayers Hyndman, by Edward Hill Lacey, cast by  Ercole James Parlanti - NPG 1947

Henry Mayers Hyndman

by Edward Hill Lacey, cast by Ercole James Parlanti
bronze bust, 1922
NPG 1947

Henry Mayers Hyndman, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x6522

Henry Mayers Hyndman

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1919
NPG x6522

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Henry Mayers Hyndman

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1919
NPG x6521


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