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Walter Stoneman (1876-1958), Photographer

Sitter in 8 portraits
Artist associated with 17857 portraits
From the age of twenty-one Stoneman worked as a photographer for the large established firm of J. Russell & Sons of Baker Street, London. He worked his way up, photographing society figures. By 1913, he had risen to the position of Managing Director. In 1917 he approached the Director of the National Portrait Gallery, James Milner, with an ambitious idea for a National Photographic Record. The Record was set up to photograph every eminent British person, with a photograph of each to be kept as a permanent record in the Gallery's reference collection. Stoneman photographed some 7,000 sitters on the Gallery's behalf; he worked on the Record for forty-one years, adding 100-200 portraits each year.

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Annie Besant (née Wood)

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1890
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Sir William Schwenck Gilbert

by Unknown photographer, copied by Walter Stoneman
whole-plate glass copy negative, copied April 1948 (1890s)
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Royal group including Queen Victoria and Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass copy negative, copied January 1948 (April 1894)
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William Moore Ede

by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons
platinum print, 1900s
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William Lygon, 7th Earl Beauchamp

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1910s
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Sir George Brookman

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1910s
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Sir John Tomlinson Brunner, 1st Bt

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1910s
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(Katherine Helen) Maud Diver

by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons
bromide print, 1910s
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Sir William Edmund Franklyn

by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons
bromide print, circa 1912
NPG Ax39041

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Sir Horace Lockwood Smith-Dorrien

by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons
hand-coloured bromide print, published 1914
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Sir Horace Lockwood Smith-Dorrien

by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons
bromide print, circa 1914
NPG Ax39028

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Sir (John) Langdon Bonython

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1915
NPG x165357

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Sir John Anderson

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1916
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Alfred Milner, Viscount Milner

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1916
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James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1916
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