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James Ramsay Macdonald, 1866 - 1937. Prime minister 1926

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
In 1924 Ramsay Macdonald became Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary of Britain's first Labour government. Born in Lossiemouth, Moray, he was the son of a local girl and a Highland ploughman who never married. He lived in poverty for much of his early life. This first Labour administration only lasted a few months and was troubled by industrial unrest culminating in the General Strike of 1926, which Ramsay Macdonald had done his utmost to avert. Painted in 1926, this is a curiously private image of a public figure during a particularly turbulent phase of his career.


  • Acc. No. PG 1351
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 99.10 x 78.70 cm (framed: 131.00 x 113.00 x 15.00 cm)
  • Credit Presented by Sir Alexander Grant through the Scottish Modern Arts Association 1938