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Louis Botha (1862-1919), General and South African statesman

Sitter in 6 portraits
Born in the area of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa and a farmer in the Orange Free State; in 1884 Botha served on a commando to restore Dinizulu as Zulu King; he won election to the parliament in 1896; Botha took over command of the Boer forces during the Boer War and eventually became commandant-general; following a treaty that ended the war Botha sought to reconcile British and Boer in a new united nation; became leader of the new party Het Volk ('the nation'), which gained victory in the general election of 1907, making Botha prime minister of the Transvaal; when South Africa obtained dominion status in 1910, Botha became the first prime minister of this new united country and held the office until his death.

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Louis Botha

by Unknown photographer
vintage print, 1901 or before
NPG P1700(59a)


General Officers of World War I

by John Singer Sargent
oil on canvas, 1922
On display in Room 30 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1954


Louis Botha

by John Singer Sargent
pencil, circa 1922
NPG 2908(8)


Statesmen of World War I

by Sir James Guthrie
oil on canvas, 1924-1930
On display in Room 30 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2463


The Sixth Imperial Conference

by W. & D. Downey
bromide print, 1911
NPG x134960


'Defenders of Our Empire'

published by James Valentine & Sons Ltd, after Swaine, and Langfier Ltd, and Alexander Bassano, and Sport & General Press Agency Ltd, and James Russell & Sons
bromide postcard print, 1911 or after
NPG x197673