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Keir Hardie - 100 years on

The Triumph of Labour

20th Century

Writing in 1912, G.K. Chesterton said that the socialists recognise each other 'on the fact that a man of their sort will have...Walter Crane's Triumph of Labour hanging in the hall'.  This is Hardie's copy, signed by the artist.


Crane created The Triumph of Labour in 1891 to mark the socialist May Day celebrations.  To many it became the definitive image of socialism, honouring the unity and progression of industrial, agricultural, and artistic labour.  The imagery and allusions are typical of Crane's style.  The figure on the far left holding a palette is Crane himself.  Walter Crane (1845-1915) was the most prolific and influential book illustrator of his generation.  He was part of the Arts & Crafts movement and produced many paintings, illustrations, ceramic tiles and other decorative artworks.  

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East Ayrshire Council