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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
bronze bust, 1925 (1922)
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
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Sir James George Frazer

by Sir William Rothenstein
sanguine and black and white chalk, 1925
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Sir James George Frazer

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
whole-plate glass negative, 22 April 1926
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Sir James George Frazer

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 18 June 1931
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Sir James George Frazer

by Elliott & Fry
vintage print
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Sir James George Frazer

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1924
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Sir James George Frazer

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1924
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Sir James George Frazer

by Walter Stoneman
negative, 1924
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Sir James George Frazer

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
whole-plate glass negative, 22 April 1926
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Sir James George Frazer

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
whole-plate film negative, 29 June 1929
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Sir James George Frazer

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 18 June 1931
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Sir James George Frazer

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 18 June 1931
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Sir James George Frazer

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, May 1936
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