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

Sitter in 126 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; 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
NPG x7175

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
platinum print, 1914
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x184

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

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

x185

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
matte bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1914
NPG x185

x187

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by (Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)
platinum print on photographer's mount, 1914
NPG x187

x137233

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by James Russell & So%ns
vintage print, published 1916
NPG x137233

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & So%ns
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG Ax39003

x32125

The Imperial War Cabinet

by Vandyk
negative, 25 June 1918
NPG x32125

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by James Russell & So%ns
bromide press print, 1920s
NPG x184176

Ax142186

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1925
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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour; unknown woman

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, Autumn 1925
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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, Autumn 1925
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