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Sir Edward George Clarke

(1841-1931), Barrister and politician

Sitter in 20 portraits
Sir Edward Clarke was considered one of the leading advocates of the late Victorian era. He trained in the law, and became a barrister in 1864, quickly making a name for himself at the Bar. Clarke was made a queen's counsel in 1880 and a bencher of Lincoln's Inn in 1882. His legal career included representing Oscar Wilde in 1895 in his disastrous prosecution of the Marquess of Queensberry for libel. Clarke entered Parliament as an MP in 1880 and served as Solicitor General in the Conservative government of 1886-92. In 1899, he found himself in disagreement with his party over the government's South African policy, and he resigned his seat in Parliament the following year.

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Sir Edward George Clarke, by Harry Furniss - NPG 3442

Sir Edward George Clarke

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3442

Sir Edward George Clarke, by Sir Leslie Ward - NPG 2700

Sir Edward George Clarke

by Sir Leslie Ward
watercolour, published in Vanity Fair 11 June 1903
NPG 2700

Sir Edward George Clarke, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96420

Sir Edward George Clarke

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1884
NPG x96420

Sir Edward George Clarke, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96421

Sir Edward George Clarke

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1884
NPG x96421

Sir Edward George Clarke, by York & Son, after  Unknown photographer - NPG x3632

Sir Edward George Clarke

by York & Son, after Unknown photographer
glass lantern slide, 1890s
NPG x3632

Sir Edward George Clarke, by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone - NPG x9264

Sir Edward George Clarke

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, June 1897
NPG x9264

Sir Edward George Clarke, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x30627

Sir Edward George Clarke

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, circa 1897
NPG x30627

Sir Edward George Clarke, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x30628

Sir Edward George Clarke

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, circa 1897
NPG x30628

Sir Edward George Clarke, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x30629

Sir Edward George Clarke

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, circa 1897
NPG x30629

Sir Edward George Clarke, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x30630

Sir Edward George Clarke

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, circa 1897
NPG x30630

Sir Edward George Clarke, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x30631

Sir Edward George Clarke

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, circa 1897
NPG x30631

'An Afternoon Terrace Party', by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone - NPG x134991

'An Afternoon Terrace Party'

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, July 1899
NPG x134991

Sir Edward George Clarke, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x166570

Sir Edward George Clarke

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1917
NPG x166570

Sir Edward George Clarke ('Statesmen. No. 323.'), by Sir Leslie Ward - NPG D43949

Sir Edward George Clarke ('Statesmen. No. 323.')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 13 March 1880
NPG D43949

Sir Edward George Clarke ('Men of the Day. No. 882.

Sir Edward George Clarke ('Men of the Day. No. 882. "Sir Edward"')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 11 June 1903
NPG D45174

Sir Edward George Clarke, by Malcolm Osborne - NPG D16852

Sir Edward George Clarke

by Malcolm Osborne
drypoint, 1926
NPG D16852

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Sir Edward George Clarke

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, circa 1897
NPG x30626

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Sir Edward George Clarke

by Bassano Ltd
carbon print
NPG Ax15929

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Sir Edward George Clarke

by Bassano Ltd
carbon print
NPG Ax16015

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Sir Edward George Clarke

by Bassano Ltd
carbon print
NPG x6100

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