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(James) Ramsay MacDonald

(1866-1937), Prime Minister

Sitter associated with 67 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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National Cabinet Group, by James Jarché, for  Daily Herald - NPG x88323

National Cabinet Group

by James Jarché, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 31 August 1931
NPG x88323

Ramsay MacDonald and his cabinet of 1931, by Press Association Photos - NPG x184174

Ramsay MacDonald and his cabinet of 1931

by Press Association Photos
bromide press print, 1931
NPG x184174

Ramsay MacDonald, by Herbert George Ponting - NPG x199690

Ramsay MacDonald

by Herbert George Ponting
bromide print, circa 1931
NPG x199690

Ramsay MacDonald, by Olive Edis - NPG x14390

Ramsay MacDonald

by Olive Edis
platinotype on photographer's card mount, 12 October 1933
NPG x14390

Ramsay MacDonald, by Unknown photographer - NPG x13193

Ramsay MacDonald

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1937
NPG x13193

The Wait-And-Seesaw, by Bernard Partridge - NPG D9914

The Wait-And-Seesaw

by Bernard Partridge
pen and ink on artists' board, 1923
NPG D9914

The Labours of MacHercules (Ramsay MacDonald), by Bernard Partridge - NPG D9845

The Labours of MacHercules (Ramsay MacDonald)

by Bernard Partridge
pen and ink on artists' board, 1924
NPG D9845

Ramsay MacDonald, by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie - NPG D2680

Ramsay MacDonald

by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
NPG D2680

Ramsay MacDonald, after Sir David Low - NPG D4532

Ramsay MacDonald

after Sir David Low
print, 1926
NPG D4532

Ramsay MacDonald, by Tom Cottrell - NPG D2837

Ramsay MacDonald

by Tom Cottrell
chromolithographic cigarette card, 1929
NPG D2837

Ramsay MacDonald, by Unknown artist, issued by  Godfrey Phillips - NPG D2725

Ramsay MacDonald

by Unknown artist, issued by Godfrey Phillips
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1932
NPG D2725

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'Silver Wedding Presentation to the Speaker and Mrs Lowther'

by Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 3 May 1911
NPG x135697

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Ramsay MacDonald

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1920
NPG x6541



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