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Politicians Collection

From historic figures to modern-day leaders, politicians shape our world with their words and actions

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Labour Party election posters and television speakers

Labour Party election posters and television speakers
Labour Party election posters and speakers for Labours series of five short television programmes in the run-up to the General Election of 8th October 1959 (which the Conservatives won)

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Dewey Defeats Truman Newspaper

Dewey Defeats Truman Newspaper
St. Louis, MIssouri: November, 1948. President Harry Truman holds up a copy of the Chicago Daily Tribune declaring his defeat to Thomas Dewey in the presidential election

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Joseph Kennedy, American Ambassador & family, 1938

Joseph Kennedy, American Ambassador & family, 1938
The new U.S.A Ambassador in London, Joseph P. Kennedy pictured with his wife and nine children. Left to right are the ambassador, Patricia (aged 13), John (aka Jack, JFK, aged twenty), Jean (nine)

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Smoking club, 18th century artwork

Smoking club, 18th century artwork. The practice of smoking tobacco was popularised in England and Ireland in the 1580s and 1590s by the English soldier and explorer Sir Walter Raleigh (c.1552-1618)

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Portraits of Victorian royalty, politicians and entertainers

Portraits of Victorian royalty, politicians and entertainers
In Vanity Fair -- portraits of Victorian royalty, politicians, entertainers and others, on a stage and below. Top row, left to right: Lord Salisbury and William Gladstone (on canvas)

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Winston Churchill entering No 10 Downing St by David Wright

Winston Churchill entering No 10 Downing St by David Wright
Painting by David Wright showing Prime Minister Winston Churchill entering No. 10 Downing Street after winning the General Election in 1951

Background imagePoliticians Collection: The Opening Of Dail Eireann, Or Chamber Of Deputies, Of The Irish Free State Parliament, Dublin

The Opening Of Dail Eireann, Or Chamber Of Deputies, Of The Irish Free State Parliament, Dublin, Ireland On September 9, 1922. From The Story Of 25 Eventful Years In Pictures, Published 1935

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Portrait photograph of James Keir Hardie

Portrait photograph of James Keir Hardie. Scottish socialist and labour leader

Background imagePoliticians Collection: PELLIZZA DA VOLPEDO, Giuseppe (1868-1901). The

PELLIZZA DA VOLPEDO, Giuseppe (1868-1901). The Fourth Estate. 1901. Central detail. Naturalism. Oil on canvas. ITALY. Milan. Pinacotheca of Brera

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Sculptured head of Charles Haughey, Dingle, County Kerry, Munster, Republic of Ireland

Sculptured head of Charles Haughey, Dingle, County Kerry, Munster, Republic of Ireland, Europe

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Arthur Scargill of the NUM talks with miners on strike 1984

Arthur Scargill of the NUM talks with miners on strike 1984

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Cartoon, The Confidence Trick! (Northcote and Disraeli)

Cartoon, The Confidence Trick! (Northcote and Disraeli)
Cartoon, The Confidence Trick! Stafford Northcote (Chancellor of the Exchequer) and Benjamin Disraeli (Prime Minister) ask John Bull for six million pounds to strengthen their hands at a forthcoming

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Lenin and Stalin sitting on a bench

Lenin and Stalin sitting on a bench
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870 - 1924) and Josef Stalin (1879 - 1953), Communist Russian leaders, sitting on a bench. Date: circa 1920

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Winston Churchill in 1939

Winston Churchill in 1939

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Cartoon, Queen Victorias Christmas, A Vision

Cartoon, Queen Victorias Christmas, A Vision (based on Dickens story, A Christmas Carol). Gladstone as Scrooge sleeps while Disraeli (who had died five years earlier)

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Sergei Kirov, Fedor Raskolnikov and Sergo Ordzhonikidze

Sergei Kirov, Fedor Raskolnikov and Sergo Ordzhonikidze
Sergey Mironovich Kirov (1886-1934), Russian Revolutionary leader (centre), with fellow-Bolshevik, Fedor Raskolnikov (1892-1939) (left) and the Georgian Bolshevik

Background imagePoliticians Collection: The Poor Washerwoman - Henri Clark - Music Sheet

The Poor Washerwoman - Henri Clark - Music Sheet
The Poor Washerwoman - sung with typhoons of applause by Henri Clark - Music Sheet, written by Walter Hadtings and composed by W. T. Webb

Background imagePoliticians Collection: ROBERT i YARZABAL, Bartomeu (1842-1902). Catalan

ROBERT i YARZABAL, Bartomeu (1842-1902). Catalan physician and politician. MESTRES I BORRELL, F鬩 x (1872-1933). Painting. SPAIN. CATALONIA. Barcelona. Gallery of Famous Catalans

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Oswald Mosley as a giraffe by George Whitelaw

Oswald Mosley as a giraffe by George Whitelaw
Sir Oswald Ernald Mosley, 6th Baronet (1896-1980), British right-wing politician, founder and leader of the British Union of Fascists (BUF) caricatured as a giraffe

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Crisis at the Admiralty; Lord Fisher and Winston Churchill

Crisis at the Admiralty; Lord Fisher and Winston Churchill
Article detailing the friction between Lord Fisher and Winston Churchill during World War One. Previously they had been on very good terms but it is thought that the Dardanelles question

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Kennedy Campaign Brochure

Kennedy Campaign Brochure
Hyannis Port, Massachusetts: 1952 Kennedy siblings Jean, Pat, Robert, John and Eunice look over a brochure for Johns campaign for a Massachusetts political office

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Winston Churchill with Randolph by David Wright

Winston Churchill with Randolph by David Wright
Winston Churchill, once again re-elected as Prime Minister in 1951, pictured making a speech by David Wright, with his son, Randolph, seated behind

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Balfour and Chesterfield play golf at Sandwich

Balfour and Chesterfield play golf at Sandwich
Arthur James Balfour, Conservative MP and former Prime Minister (left), and the Earl of Chesterfield (right) photographed during a golf match at Sandwich, Kent

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Conservative party television team

Conservative party television team
The Conservative Party television team and some election posters for the General Election of 8th October 1959. The Conservatives broadcast five television programmes of 15 or 20 minutes each starting

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Eminent Politicians / 1886

Eminent Politicians / 1886
Eminent politicians including Gladstone, Randolph Churchill and Charles Stewart Parnell gather in the Commons Lobby

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Winston Churchill by Tom Hutt

Winston Churchill by Tom Hutt
Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965), British statesman, pictured at the time he held the post of First Lord of the Admiralty. Date: 1914

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Village Politicians C19

Village Politicians C19
The village politicians sit drinking around a table at a rural inn, discussing the affairs of the day

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Key figures behind tariff reform from Birmingham area

Key figures behind tariff reform from Birmingham area
The key figures behind tariff reform from the Birmingham area. Tariff Reform introduced by Joseph and Austen Chamberlain in 1903

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Sir Benjamin Stone

Sir Benjamin Stone
SIR BENJAMIN STONE Statesman, MP for Birmingham, best known for his photography - portraits of politicians and British folklore customs and festivals

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Eating with Chopsticks

Eating with Chopsticks
Japanese politicians enjoying a meal using chopsticks, in the canteen of the new parliamentary buildings in Tokyo

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Mr Churchills cabinet: an all-party ministry. New war cabinet of Winston Churchill

Mr Churchills cabinet: an all-party ministry. New war cabinet of Winston Churchill (Prime Minister and Minister of Defence), including politicians from all parties

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Political poster, Free Trade versus Fair Trade

Political poster, Free Trade versus Fair Trade -- a commentary on Joseph Chamberlain (seen here as the New Gardener) and the Tariff Reform League. circa 1906

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Henry Kissinger and his wife Nancy at London airport. 23rd April 1977

Henry Kissinger and his wife Nancy at London airport. 23rd April 1977

Background imagePoliticians Collection: The Illustrated London News Election Map - 1906

The Illustrated London News Election Map - 1906 - The electoral battlefield at a glance: Candidates and Constituencies by A Hugh Fisher. Date: 1906

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Charles Kennedy, Fowey, Cornwall. July 1992

Charles Kennedy, Fowey, Cornwall. July 1992
Liberal Democrat President Charles Kennedy (centre) was guest of honour at the annual dinner of the Partys South East Cornwall branch, held at the Fowey Hotel

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Cartoon, The Anglers Return (Derby and Disraeli)

Cartoon, The Anglers Return (Derby and Disraeli)
Cartoon, The Anglers Return -- Lord Derby and Benjamin Disraeli portrayed as fishermen, examining the Conservative partys poor returns from the recent General Election -- the Liberal party under Lord

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Cartoon, Parnell with Gladstone and Salisbury

Cartoon, Parnell with Gladstone and Salisbury
Cartoon, Charles Stewart Parnell, Irish Nationalist, with Gladstone and Salisbury as puppets, and Randolph Churchill looking over the top of a wall - Does Mr Parnell hope that in the next parliament

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Roy Jenkins Born Nov. 11, 1920 a prolific career which includes Chancellor of

Roy Jenkins Born Nov. 11, 1920 a prolific career which includes Chancellor of the Exchequer (1967-70), Home secretary after Labours victory in1974 Formerly a Labourite

Background imagePoliticians Collection: The Limehouse Declaration 25th January 1981 Three of the four senior British

The Limehouse Declaration 25th January 1981 Three of the four senior British Labour politicians : Left to Right, Roy Jenkins, Shirley Williams and David Owen, known as the gang of four

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Conservative MP Anthony Steen, centre, with his wife Carolyn

Conservative MP Anthony Steen, centre, with his wife Carolyn and Labour candidate Graham Morris in the 1983 election for the South Hams constituency 9th June 1983

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Henry Kissinger watching a football match. Chelsea v Wolverhampton Wanderers

Henry Kissinger watching a football match. Chelsea v Wolverhampton Wanderers. League Division Two. Stamford Bridge, London. Final score 3 - 3. 11th December 1976

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Henry Kissinger speaking at a press conference, answering questions about his latest book

Henry Kissinger speaking at a press conference, answering questions about his latest book, Years of Upheaval. Claridges Hotel, London. 27th April 1982

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Henry Kissinger at a press conference, answering questions about his latest book

Henry Kissinger at a press conference, answering questions about his latest book, Years of Upheaval. Claridges Hotel, London. 27th April 1982

Background imagePoliticians Collection: President Dwight Eisenhower (Right) seen here with Prime Minister Harold MacMillian at

President Dwight Eisenhower (Right) seen here with Prime Minister Harold MacMillian at Heathrow Airport. The President who had flew in from Germany made a short speech on his arrival before he left

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Aneurin Bevan Labour MP giving conference speech in 1952 in Morcombe

Aneurin Bevan Labour MP giving conference speech in 1952 in Morcombe. Nye Bevan

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Japan, Honshu, Tokyo, Hibiya, Ueno Park, Statue of Saigo Takamori (1827-1877) the

Japan, Honshu, Tokyo, Hibiya, Ueno Park, Statue of Saigo Takamori (1827-1877) the Military General and Politician

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Vintage Print Picture Period Engraving Julius Caesar

Vintage Print Picture Period Engraving Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar, 100 BC-44 BC. Dictator of the Roman Republic, military general, politician, author of his own histories. From Cassell's Illustrated History of England, published 1857

Background imagePoliticians Collection: Pot-House Politicians

Pot-House Politicians - early woodcut print



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From historic figures to modern-day leaders, politicians shape our world with their words and actions. Labour Party election posters and television speakers remind us of the power of democracy in action. Churchill's capture during the Boer War symbolizes resilience and determination in the face of adversity. In 1938, Joseph Kennedy, American Ambassador, and his family embody diplomacy on an international scale. Napoleon's portrait from c1894-95 captures his ambition and strategic genius that left a lasting impact on Europe. Charles I and Speaker Lenthall's encounter in 1850 serves as a reminder of the delicate balance between monarchy and parliamentary authority. Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo's artwork portrays political activism through artistry. Portraits of Victorian royalty, politicians, and entertainers reflect the interconnectedness between politics and popular culture throughout history. The faces of seven Australian Prime Ministers tell tales of leadership down under. Winston Churchill entering No 10 Downing Street by David Wright signifies a pivotal moment in British history when strong leadership was needed most. The opening ceremony of Dail Eireann showcases Ireland's journey towards independence. James Keir Hardie's portrait photograph reminds us of the pioneers who fought for workers' rights and social justice. Lastly, the infamous Dewey Defeats Truman newspaper headline teaches us not to underestimate political outcomes. Politicians may be revered or criticized, but they play an undeniable role in shaping societies across time.