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James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce (1838-1922), Jurist, historian and politician, MP for Tower Hamlets and Aberdeen South
Sitter in 14 portraits
A Fellow at Oxford University, Bryce came to prominence as a historian through his 1864 work The Holy Roman Empire. His Essays on Reform was hugely successful, running through sixty-five editions by 1958. He was called to the Bar in 1867 and practised law in London for a few years, before returning to Oxford as Regius Professor of Civil Law. An ardent Liberal, he was elected to parliament in 1880 where he served in a number of senior posts including President of the Board of Trade. In 1905 the Liberals were re-elected after a decade in opposition. Bryce was made Chief Secretary for Ireland and swiftly thereafter was appointed British Ambassador to the United States of America.
by Unknown photographer
albumen print, 1850s
by Sydney Prior Hall
pencil, published in The Graphic 2 March 1889