by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, before 1892
8 1/2 in. x 4 7/8 in. (216 mm x 124 mm)
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
- Harry Furniss (1854-1925), Caricaturist. Artist associated with 435 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This caricature is one of a series by the artist of parliamentary figures. Published in Punch magazine a month after Hardie's election to Parliament, it shows Hardie dressed in the manner that delighted his supporters and was mocked by his opponents. Although by no means typical 'working class' apparel, Hardie's rejection of the conventional frock coat and top hat signalled his challenge to the established ruling class.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Keir Hardie: Radical, Socialist, Feminist (From 2 June 2015)
Events of 1892back to top
Current affairsGladstone's fourth and final term as Prime Minister begins, and is again dominated by the issue of Home Rule as he attempts to push through the third Home Rule Bill.
The first Indian MP, Dadabhai Naoroji wins the seat for Finsbury Central, and Keir Hardie becomes the first MP for the Independent Labour Party, winning the seat for West Ham.
Art and scienceWilliam Butler Yeats forms the National Literary Society in Dublin, and also publishes The Countess Cathleen, a short play and his first contribution to Irish poetic drama.
Rudolf Diesel is issued a patent for his internal combustion engine; Diesel's engine eventually replaces steam power.
The Nutcracker, based upon a story by E. T. A. Hoffman, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky has its premier in St Petersburg.
InternationalFifteen year old Annie Moore, from Ireland, is the first person to enter the United States through Ellis Island, newly opened as the point of reception for all new immigrants. Between 1892-1924, more than twenty million immigrants passed through Ellis Island.
The Falkland Islands, east of the South American mainland, become a British colony.