7 of 22 portraits of (James) Keir Hardie (né James Kerr)
by Sylvia Pankhurst
chalk, circa 1910
22 3/4 in. x 16 3/4 in. (578 mm x 425 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
This portrait was given to the Gallery by Sylvia Pankhurst in 1956. Of the portrait she wrote 'I am very conscious that this is only a sketch and was purely a preliminary study to assist me to do a painting ... I should not have ventured to offer it to the National Portrait Gallery save for the fact that I believe you have no other portrait of Keir Hardie, whose place in history is of importance ... I think it does give an idea of the kind of man Keir Hardie was.'
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.