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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour (1848-1930), Prime Minister and philosopher

Sitter in 125 portraits
Born at Whittingehame House, East Lothian and educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge; Balfour first made his mark as a philosopher, publishing A Defence of Philosophic Doubt in 1879; he entered politics in 1874 through the patronage of his uncle, Lord Salisbury, as a Conservative member for Hertford; succeeded Salisbury as prime minister in 1902 but was unable to keep together a party divided by issues of Free Trade and Protectionism and resigned in 1905; during the First World War he worked as First Lord of the Admiralty and, from 1916 to 1919, as Foreign Secretary; Balfour continued in politics until the age of eighty, having served for twenty-seven years as a member of the cabinet.

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P144

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Eveleen Myers (née Tennant)
platinum print, circa 1890
NPG P144

2949

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema
oil on canvas, exhibited 1891
On display in the Dining Room at Bodelwyddan Castle
NPG 2949

2864a

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.')
pen and ink, circa 1900-1908
NPG 2864a

6620

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by John Singer Sargent
oil on canvas, 1908
On display in Room 25 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6620

2463

Statesmen of World War I

by Sir James Guthrie
oil on canvas, 1924-1930
On display in Room 30 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2463

x22246

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen cabinet card, 1870s-1900s
NPG x22246

x197000

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by James Russell & Sons, published by Ogden's
cigarette card, 1887, published circa 1895-1906
NPG x197000

x134495

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
albumen cabinet card, circa 1888
NPG x134495

x12549

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1889
NPG x12549

x197245

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Alfred Werner & Son
albumen cabinet card, 1889
NPG x197245

x127405

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Elliott & Fry
chlorobromide print on cream card mount, 1889
NPG x127405

x82454

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass copy negative, 1889
NPG x82454

Ax27926

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1894
NPG Ax27926

x179

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print, published 1894
NPG x179

x374

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
carbon print, before 1895
NPG x374

x8283

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 1897
NPG x8283

x8284

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, November 1899
NPG x8284

x96263

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1900?
NPG x96263

x177

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen cabinet card, August 1902
NPG x177

x8451

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by George Charles Beresford
platinum print, 1902
NPG x8451

x193620

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Bassano Ltd, published by Davidson Brothers
postcard print, circa 1902
NPG x193620

x45401

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
vintage bromide print, 1903
NPG x45401

x81437

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
whole-plate glass negative, 1903
NPG x81437

x81438

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
whole-plate glass negative, 1903
NPG x81438

x81439

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
whole-plate glass negative, 1903
NPG x81439

x81441

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
whole-plate glass negative, 1903
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x81442

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
whole-plate glass negative, 1903
NPG x81442

x81443

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
whole-plate glass negative, 1903
NPG x81443

x81444

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
whole-plate glass negative, 1903
NPG x81444

x89004

'Luncheon party at the House of Commons'

by Sir John Alexander Cockburn
platinum print, 9 July 1907
NPG x89004

x135013

'Luncheon Party at the House of Commons'

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 17 July 1908
NPG x135013

x135569

'Luncheon Party at the House of Commons'

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 17 July 1908
NPG x135569

x135567

'Luncheon Party at the House of Commons'

probably by Roland Parker Stone, for Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 17 July 1908
NPG x135567

x135568

'Luncheon Party at the House of Commons'

probably by Roland Parker Stone, for Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 17 July 1908
NPG x135568

x135574

'Luncheon Party at the House of Commons'

by Roland Parker Stone, for Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 29 June 1909
NPG x135574

x135575

'Sir Benjamin Stone's Luncheon Party at the House of Commons'

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 29 June 1909
NPG x135575

x186

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour; Gilbert Talbot

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
platinum print on photographer's card mount, 1914
NPG x186

x7175

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
whole-plate autochrome, 1914
NPG x7175

x182

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
platinum print, 1914
NPG x182

x184

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
platinum print on photographer's card mount, 1914
NPG x184