6 of 22 portraits of (James) Keir Hardie (né James Kerr)
by Sylvia Pankhurst
watercolour, before 1910
14 7/8 in. x 10 1/2 in. (377 mm x 268 mm)
Given by Sylvia Pankhurst, 1956
Sitterback to top
- (James) Keir Hardie (né James Kerr) (1856-1915), Socialist leader and founder of the Labour Party. Sitter in 22 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Sylvia Pankhurst (1882-1960), Militant suffragette; daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst. Artist of 3 portraits, Sitter in 19 portraits.
This portraitback to top
From around 1904, Hardie developed a close and intimate relationship with Sylvia Pankhurst, one of the leading figures in the campaign to establish votes for women. With Pankhurst, Hardie became deeply involved in promoting the cause of women's suffrage. After his death in 1915, she described him in The Woman's Dreadnought as 'the greatest human being of our time'.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 279
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Keir Hardie: Radical, Socialist, Feminist (From 2 June 2015)
Events of 1910back to top
Current affairsGeorge V succeeds Edward VII to the throne.
The Liberals win narrow victories after calling two General Elections following escalating tension between the Liberal administration and the Lords reached crisis point with the Lords' unprecedented rejection of Lloyd George's 1909 budget. The budget included tax reform intended to fund social reform and a rearmament programme, but was seen by the Conservative Lords as an assault on property.