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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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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
whole-plate glass negative, 1903
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'Luncheon party at the House of Commons'

by Sir John Alexander Cockburn
platinum print, 9 July 1907
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'Luncheon Party at the House of Commons'

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 17 July 1908
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'Luncheon Party at the House of Commons'

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 17 July 1908
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'Luncheon Party at the House of Commons'

probably by Roland Parker Stone, for Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 17 July 1908
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'Luncheon Party at the House of Commons'

probably by Roland Parker Stone, for Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 17 July 1908
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'Luncheon Party at the House of Commons'

by Roland Parker Stone, for Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 29 June 1909
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'Sir Benjamin Stone's Luncheon Party at the House of Commons'

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 29 June 1909
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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour; Gilbert Talbot

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
platinum print on photographer's card mount, 1914
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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
whole-plate autochrome, 1914
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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

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

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

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