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Mohandas Karamchand ('Mahatma') Gandhi

(1869-1948), Indian political leader and religious and social reformer

Sitter in 7 portraits
Born in Porbander, India, Gandhi studied law in London. After returning to India he went to South Africa to work as a legal advisor. There he led a campaign against the requirement for people of Indian heritage to carry identity cards. This resulted in his spending time in prison. Gandhi played a leading part in the formation of the Indian National Congress. He advocated the use of non-violent methods of resistance to British rule, such as fasting. Gandhi adopted a simple way of life and style of dress. He was widely respected as a great teacher, doing much to improve the plight of India's poor. He was assassinated in Delhi in January 1948 by a Hindu activist.

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Mahatma Gandhi, by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x137612

Mahatma Gandhi

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, December 1931
NPG x137612

Mahatma Gandhi, by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x137613

Mahatma Gandhi

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 24 October 1931
NPG x137613

Mahatma Gandhi, by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x137614

Mahatma Gandhi

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 26 September 1931
NPG x137614

Mahatma Gandhi, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x82218

Mahatma Gandhi

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass copy negative, 1931
NPG x82218

Mahatma Gandhi, by Unknown photographer - NPG x126896

Mahatma Gandhi

by Unknown photographer
vintage bromide print, 1940s
NPG x126896

Henry Salomon Polak; Mahatma Gandhi; Miss Schlesin, by Keystone Press Agency Ltd - NPG x137615

Henry Salomon Polak; Mahatma Gandhi; Miss Schlesin

by Keystone Press Agency Ltd
bromide press print, 1948 (1900s)
NPG x137615

Mahatma Gandhi, after Jacob Kramer - NPG D7574

Mahatma Gandhi

after Jacob Kramer
chromolithograph, 1932
NPG D7574


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