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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

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


Cecil John Rhodes

by Ernest Herbert ('E.H.') Mills, published by Raphael Tuck & Sons
bromide postcard print, circa 1901; published circa 1902
NPG x197841


Cecil John Rhodes ('Men of the Day. No. 503.')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 28 March 1891
NPG D44535


"Empire Makers and Breakers."

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


Cecil John Rhodes

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