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Ramsay MacDonald

(1866-1937), Prime Minister

(James) Ramsay MacDonald

Sitter associated with 72 portraits
With Keir Hardie, MacDonald created the Labour Representation Committee in 1900 and, in a pact with the Liberals, was among the first Labour MPs to be elected in 1906. He was Leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party 1911-14 and 1922-31. A moderate, MacDonald persuaded his party to reject communism in 1920. He became Britain's first Labour Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary in 1924. When the Depression brought MacDonald's second term of office to an end in 1931, he became premier of a National Government, but was expelled from the Labour Party. Accused by many of 'falling into the aristocratic embrace', he nevertheless saw Labour overtake the Liberals to become the alternative party of government.

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Ramsay MacDonald, by Solomon Joseph Solomon - NPG 3890

Ramsay MacDonald

by Solomon Joseph Solomon
oil on canvas, 1911
NPG 3890

Ramsay MacDonald, by Winifred Cécile Dongworth - NPG 5029

Ramsay MacDonald

by Winifred Cécile Dongworth
watercolour on ivory, 1920-1930
NPG 5029

Ramsay MacDonald, by Lilian Mary Mayer - NPG 2066

Ramsay MacDonald

by Lilian Mary Mayer
watercolour on ivory, 1924
NPG 2066

Ramsay MacDonald, by Sir David Low - NPG 4529(222)

Ramsay MacDonald

by Sir David Low
pencil, 1926 or before
NPG 4529(222)

Ramsay MacDonald, by Sir John Lavery - NPG 2959

Ramsay MacDonald

by Sir John Lavery
oil on canvas, 1931
NPG 2959

Ramsay MacDonald, by Sir Max Beerbohm - NPG 4665

Ramsay MacDonald

by Sir Max Beerbohm
chalk, 1931
NPG 4665

Ramsay MacDonald, by Herbert George Ponting - NPG P2083

Ramsay MacDonald

by Herbert George Ponting
bromide print, circa 1931
NPG P2083

Ramsay MacDonald, by Jacob Epstein - NPG 2934

Ramsay MacDonald

by Jacob Epstein
bronze bust, 1934
NPG 2934

'Like Father: Like Son (XIV)' (Malcolm John MacDonald; Ramsay MacDonald), by Anthony Wysard - NPG 6123

'Like Father: Like Son (XIV)' (Malcolm John MacDonald; Ramsay MacDonald)

by Anthony Wysard
pencil and gouache, published in 'The Tatler' April 1936
NPG 6123

'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

Ramsay MacDonald, by Benjamin Stone - NPG x31583

Ramsay MacDonald

by Benjamin Stone
platinum print, July 1907
NPG x31583

Ramsay MacDonald, by Central News Ltd, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x197823

Ramsay MacDonald

by Central News Ltd, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1910s
NPG x197823

Ramsay MacDonald, published by Independent Labour Party ('I.L.P.') - NPG x197826

Ramsay MacDonald

published by Independent Labour Party ('I.L.P.')
halftone postcard print, circa 1910
NPG x197826

Ramsay MacDonald, by Lady Ottoline Morrell - NPG Ax140482

Ramsay MacDonald

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1914
NPG Ax140482

Ramsay MacDonald, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x14388

Ramsay MacDonald

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype, December 1919
NPG x14388

Ramsay MacDonald, by Olive Edis - NPG x14389

Ramsay MacDonald

by Olive Edis
platinum print, 1920s
NPG x14389


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