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Jan Christian Smuts (1870-1950), Prime Minister of South Africa, Field Marshal and writer on evolution

Sitter in 35 portraits
Born in Cape Colony, South Africa; graduated from the University of the Cape of Good Hope in 1891; then read law at Christ's College, Cambridge; successfully passed the honours examination of the inns of court by the middle of 1895; returned to South Africa and became involved in politics; appointed state attorney in 1898; played a critical role in the events that led to the outbreak of the South African War; participated in the negotiations that concluded the Boer War in 1902 and created the Union of South Africa in 1910; joined the British War Cabinet after attending the Imperial Conference of 1917; on his return to South Africa, Smuts became prime minister until 1924 and then again from 1939 to 1948.

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x91652

Jan Christian Smuts

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1916
NPG x91652

x185373

Jan Christian Smuts

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1917
NPG x185373

x29046

Jan Christian Smuts

by Vandyk
glass negative, 30 June 1919
NPG x29046

x185374

Jan Christian Smuts

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1931
NPG x185374

x22651

Jan Christian Smuts

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1940
NPG x22651

x22652

Jan Christian Smuts

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1940
NPG x22652

x22653

Jan Christian Smuts

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1940
NPG x22653

x91649

Jan Christian Smuts

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1942
NPG x91649

x91650

Jan Christian Smuts

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1942
NPG x91650

x82092

Jan Christian Smuts

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate negative, 1942
NPG x82092

x21966

Jan Christian Smuts

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, November 1947
NPG x21966

x189231

Jan Christian Smuts

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, November 1947
NPG x189231

x21168

Jan Christian Smuts

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, 17 April 1947
NPG x21168

D41792

Jan Christian Smuts

after Francis Dodd
four-colour halftone, (11 May 1917)
NPG D41792

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