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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

(1848-1930), Prime Minister and philosopher

Sitter in 129 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 Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie - NPG D2654

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Alexander ('Alick') Penrose Forbes Ritchie
colour relief halftone cigarette card, 1926
NPG D2654

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
carbon print
NPG Ax15964

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Elliott & Fry
carbon print
NPG Ax16084

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by James Russell & Sons
carbon print, 1887
NPG Ax15876

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by James Russell & Sons
carbon print, 1887
NPG Ax15963

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Eveleen Myers (née Tennant)
platinum print, early 1890s
NPG Ax68779

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Alexander Bassano
12 x 10 inch glass plate negative, circa 1900
NPG x95736

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Alexander Bassano
12 x 10 inch glass plate negative, circa 1900
NPG x95737

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1900?
NPG x96264

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1902
NPG x6430

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
half-plate glass negative, 1903
NPG x76141

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
whole-plate glass negative, 1903
NPG x81440

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
glass negative, November 1903
NPG x81445

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'Silver Wedding Presentation to the Speaker and Mrs Lowther'

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 3 May 1911
NPG x135697

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
halftone reproduction, circa 1913
NPG x183

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Vandyk
glass negative, 10 August 1916
NPG x29045

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1921
NPG x376

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1921
NPG x67279

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