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Lossiemouth Myths: the Face At the Window

Frank Reynolds (1876-1953)


Inscribed with title below mount

Pen and ink with bodycolour

10 ½ x 8 ½ inches

The Jeffrey Archer Political Cartoon Collection

Punch, 8 January 1930, Page 31

'The Illustrators. The British Art of Illustration
1837-2011', November 2011-January 2012, No 152;
Comedy and Commentary, Mottisfont,
18 January - 11 April 2020

Born the illegitimate son of a farm labourer and a housemaid in Lossiemouth, Scotland, Ramsay MacDonald (1866-1937) became Prime Minister of a minority Labour government in 1929. In a relatively strong parliamentary position, MacDonald was able to raise unemployment pay, pass a housing act focusing on slum clearances and also passed the Coal Mines Bill. This bill, published on 12 December 1929 proposed to reduce miners’ working hours from eight to seven and a half a day and to introduce a national board to protect wages. However, the bill contained no measures designed to rationalise the coal mining industry. Liberal party leader David Lloyd George (1863-1937) encouraged his party to partly vote for, partly against the bill while some Liberals abstained, in an attempt to goad MacDonald’s government into making concessions towards rationalisation.

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