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Cecil John Rhodes

(1853-1902), Imperialist, statesman in South Africa and mining entrepreneur

Sitter in 25 portraits
Rhodes found wealth in Africa as a mining entrepreneur and co-founder of the De Beers diamond company. As a politician and imperialist, he was instrumental in the economic and political development of South Africa, and in extending British influence there. In 1890, he became Prime Minister of the Cape Colony. His position was compromised by his involvement in the Jameson Raid in 1895, but he remained enormously influential. He founded Rhodesia, now known as Zambia and Zimbabwe.Rhodes also endowed the Rhodes Scholarships at the University of Oxford.

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Cecil John Rhodes, after (Marion Margaret) Violet Manners (née Lindsay), Duchess of Rutland - NPG D5806

Cecil John Rhodes

after (Marion Margaret) Violet Manners (née Lindsay), Duchess of Rutland
lithograph, 1898
NPG D5806

Cecil John Rhodes, published by William Heinemann, after  Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson - NPG D32968

Cecil John Rhodes

published by William Heinemann, after Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson
lithographic reproduction of a hand-coloured woodcut, published 1899 (1897)
NPG D32968

Cecil John Rhodes, after Sir (Samuel) Luke Fildes - NPG D39712

Cecil John Rhodes

after Sir (Samuel) Luke Fildes
photograph, 1955 or before (1899)
NPG D39712

Cecil John Rhodes, published by Charles Sheard, after  Unknown artist - NPG D42820

Cecil John Rhodes

published by Charles Sheard, after Unknown artist
chromolithograph, 1899
NPG D42820

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"Empire Makers and Breakers."

by Harold Wright ('Stuff')
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 25 November 1897
NPG D44883


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