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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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Jan Christian Smuts

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1916
NPG x91652

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Jan Christian Smuts

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1917
NPG x185373

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Jan Christian Smuts

by Vandyk
glass negative, 30 June 1919
NPG x29046

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Jan Christian Smuts

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1931
NPG x185374

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Jan Christian Smuts

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

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Jan Christian Smuts

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

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Jan Christian Smuts

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

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Jan Christian Smuts

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1942
NPG x91649

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Jan Christian Smuts

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1942
NPG x91650

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Jan Christian Smuts

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

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Jan Christian Smuts

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, November 1947
NPG x21966

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Jan Christian Smuts

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

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Jan Christian Smuts

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

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Jan Christian Smuts

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

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