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Sir James George Frazer

(1854-1941), Social anthropologist and classical scholar

Sitter in 13 portraits
Social anthropologist and classical scholar, Frazer is best known for his multi-volume work The Golden Bough (1890-1915), which drew upon a mass of data from all parts of the world to trace the evolution of human institutions through 'successive stages of Magic, Religion and Science'. The work was a bestseller, and Frazer is one of the most significant exponents of secularism in the twentieth century. In 1908 Frazer was named the first chair of social anthropology in Britain, at the University of Liverpool, and in 1914 he received a knighthood for his contributions to the science of anthropology.

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Sir James George Frazer, by Emile Antoine Bourdelle - NPG 2099

Sir James George Frazer

by Emile Antoine Bourdelle
bronze bust, 1925 (1922)
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2099

Sir James George Frazer, by Sir William Rothenstein - NPG 6691

Sir James George Frazer

by Sir William Rothenstein
sanguine and black and white chalk, 1925
NPG 6691

Sir James George Frazer, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x21923

Sir James George Frazer

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1924
NPG x21923

Sir James George Frazer, by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd) - NPG x37001

Sir James George Frazer

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
whole-plate glass negative, 22 April 1926
NPG x37001

Sir James George Frazer, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x84179

Sir James George Frazer

by Bassano Ltd
bromide print, 18 June 1931
NPG x84179

Sir James George Frazer, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x167668

Sir James George Frazer

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, May 1936
NPG x167668

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Sir James George Frazer

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print
NPG x89292

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Sir James George Frazer

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1924
NPG x31549

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Sir James George Frazer

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1924
NPG x31550

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Sir James George Frazer

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
whole-plate glass negative, 22 April 1926
NPG x37002

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Sir James George Frazer

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
whole-plate film negative, 29 June 1929
NPG x69631

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Sir James George Frazer

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 18 June 1931
NPG x150540

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Sir James George Frazer

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 18 June 1931
NPG x150541

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