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Robert Baden-Powell

(1857-1941), Major-General and founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell

Sitter in 47 portraits
Baden-Powell took part in numerous campaigns in South Africa, (Zululand (1888) and Ashanti and Matabeleland (Ndebeleland) (1896)), but may be best remembered for his role in the Siege of Mafeking from October 1899-May 1900, which made him a national hero in Britain. Baden-Powell managed to hold the town while severely outnumbered by Boer forces and with barely-trained recruits for 217 days until reinforcements arrived. During the siege, a volunteer cadet corps of boys was created to support the troops and the hospital. This inspired Baden-Powell to found the Scout Movement (1907), and write and illustrate its first handbook, the bestselling Scouting for Boys (1908), which he adapted from his earlier military manuals.

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Robert Baden-Powell, by Francis Henry Hart, for  Elliott & Fry - NPG P1700(49a)

Robert Baden-Powell

by Francis Henry Hart, for Elliott & Fry
albumen print, 1896
NPG P1700(49a)

Robert Baden-Powell, by Sir Hubert von Herkomer - NPG 5991

Robert Baden-Powell

by Sir Hubert von Herkomer
oil on canvas, 1903
On display in Room 23 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5991

Robert Baden-Powell, by Shirley Slocombe - NPG 4100

Robert Baden-Powell

by Shirley Slocombe
chalk, 1916
NPG 4100

Robert Baden-Powell, by Pirie MacDonald - NPG P140(30)

Robert Baden-Powell

by Pirie MacDonald
bromide print, 1919
NPG P140(30)

Robert Baden-Powell, published by Ogden's - NPG x193154

Robert Baden-Powell

published by Ogden's
bromide cigarette card, published circa 1894-1907
NPG x193154

Robert Baden-Powell, by Francis Henry Hart, for  Elliott & Fry - NPG x39330

Robert Baden-Powell

by Francis Henry Hart, for Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1896
NPG x39330

Robert Baden-Powell, by Francis Henry Hart, for  Elliott & Fry - NPG x126841

Robert Baden-Powell

by Francis Henry Hart, for Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1896
NPG x126841

Robert Baden-Powell, by Francis Henry Hart, for  Elliott & Fry - NPG x82301

Robert Baden-Powell

by Francis Henry Hart, for Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, (1896)
NPG x82301

Robert Baden-Powell, by Francis Henry Hart, for  Elliott & Fry, published by  Ogden's - NPG x193153

Robert Baden-Powell

by Francis Henry Hart, for Elliott & Fry, published by Ogden's
bromide cigarette card, published circa 1897
NPG x193153

The Alma-Tadema Banquet, by Fradelle & Young - NPG x19022

The Alma-Tadema Banquet

by Fradelle & Young
carbon print, 4 November 1899
NPG x19022

Robert Baden-Powell, by Edward Lyddell Sawyer, published by  Ogden's - NPG x197004

Robert Baden-Powell

by Edward Lyddell Sawyer, published by Ogden's
halftone cigarette card, published 1900s
NPG x197004

Sir Alexander John Godley; Robert Baden-Powell, published by Underwood & Underwood - NPG x197226

Sir Alexander John Godley; Robert Baden-Powell

published by Underwood & Underwood
albumen stereoscopic card, 17 June 1900
NPG x197226

Robert Baden-Powell, by B.L. Lingley, published by  Keystone View Company - NPG x26378

Robert Baden-Powell

by B.L. Lingley, published by Keystone View Company
albumen stereoscopic card, 1901
NPG x26378

Robert Baden-Powell, by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett - NPG x45253

Robert Baden-Powell

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
vintage bromide print, 1908
NPG x45253

Robert Baden-Powell, by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett - NPG x126434

Robert Baden-Powell

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
whole-plate glass negative, 1908
NPG x126434

Robert Baden-Powell, by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett - NPG x126435

Robert Baden-Powell

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
whole-plate glass negative, 1908
NPG x126435

Robert Baden-Powell, by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett - NPG x126436

Robert Baden-Powell

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
12 x 10 inch glass plate negative, 1908
NPG x126436

Robert Baden-Powell, by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett - NPG x126437

Robert Baden-Powell

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
12 x 10 inch glass plate negative, 1908
NPG x126437

Robert Baden-Powell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x139622

Robert Baden-Powell

by Bassano Ltd
vintage contact print, 1912
NPG x139622

Robert Baden-Powell, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x81083

Robert Baden-Powell

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1912
NPG x81083

Robert Baden-Powell, by James Russell & Sons - NPG Ax46141

Robert Baden-Powell

by James Russell & Sons
platinum print, circa 1916
NPG Ax46141

Robert Baden-Powell, by Vandyk - NPG x129938

Robert Baden-Powell

by Vandyk
12 x 10 inch glass plate negative, 22 February 1923
NPG x129938

Robert Baden-Powell, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x16913

Robert Baden-Powell

by Walter Stoneman
platinotype on card mount, 1927
NPG x16913

Robert Baden-Powell, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x357

Robert Baden-Powell

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, 1927
NPG x357

Robert Baden-Powell, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x358

Robert Baden-Powell

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, 1927
NPG x358

Robert Baden-Powell, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x359

Robert Baden-Powell

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, 1927
NPG x359

Robert Baden-Powell; Claude John Perceval, by Unknown photographer - NPG x8893

Robert Baden-Powell; Claude John Perceval

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1929?
NPG x8893

Robert Baden-Powell, by James Jarché, for  Daily Herald - NPG x126838

Robert Baden-Powell

by James Jarché, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 31 October 1934
NPG x126838

Robert Baden-Powell, by James Jarché, for  Daily Herald - NPG x126839

Robert Baden-Powell

by James Jarché, for Daily Herald
modern bromide print from original negative, 31 October 1934
NPG x126839

Robert Baden-Powell, published by Richard Maynard, after  Elliott & Fry - NPG D42842

Robert Baden-Powell

published by Richard Maynard, after Elliott & Fry
lithograph, circa 1900 (1896)
NPG D42842

Robert Baden-Powell, by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie - NPG D2652

Robert Baden-Powell

by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
NPG D2652

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Robert Baden-Powell

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
whole-plate glass negative, 1908
NPG x137667

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Robert Baden-Powell

by James Russell & Sons
photogravure postcard print, 1910s
NPG x198176

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'Soldiers of the King'

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
postcard print, circa 1914
NPG x193604

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Robert Baden-Powell

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1927
NPG x162611

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Robert Baden-Powell

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1927
NPG x162612

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Robert Baden-Powell

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1927
NPG x162613

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Robert Baden-Powell

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1927
NPG x162614

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Robert Baden-Powell

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1927
NPG x162615

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Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell ('Men of the Day. No. 782.')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 5 July 1900
NPG D45020

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'A General Group'

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 29 November 1900
NPG D45041

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Robert Baden-Powell ('Men of the Day. No. 1275. "Boy Scouts."')

by 'Ape Junior'
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 19 April 1911
NPG D45605

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