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Edward George Villiers Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby (1865-1948), Politician; Secretary of State for War and British Ambassador to France, racehorse owner and soldier

Sitter in 36 portraits
Lord Stanley served as private secretary to Lord Roberts during the Second Boer War, 1900. Appointed Director of Recruiting in World War One, his schemes paved the way for conscription. He was promoted to Secretary of State for War, 1916, and several times offered his resignation in support of Field Marshal Robertson, Chief of the Imperial General Staff. He was Ambassador to France 1918-20. In later life, he focused on re-establishing his family's place in the world of horseracing. Having developed the largest stable at Newmarket, his horses won the Derby in 1924 and 1933.

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4039(2)

Edward George Villiers Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby

by Inglis Sheldon-Williams
watercolour and pencil, 1900
NPG 4039(2)

4185

Edward George Villiers Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby

by Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen
oil on canvas, 1919
NPG 4185

x35099

Edward George Villiers Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 1897
NPG x35099

x128581

'The "Unionist" Whips'

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, 1899
NPG x128581

x134984

'The Seven Unionist "Whips" House of Commons 1899'

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, July 1899
NPG x134984

x134985

'The Seven Unionist "Whips" of 1899'

by Sir (John) Benjamin Stone
platinum print, July 1899
NPG x134985

Ax39004

Edward George Villiers Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby

by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG Ax39004

x122799

Edward George Villiers Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby

copy by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 1 November 1923
NPG x122799

x31287

Edward George Villiers Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1895
NPG x31287

x31288

Edward George Villiers Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1895
NPG x31288

x31289

Edward George Villiers Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1895
NPG x31289

x31290

Edward George Villiers Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1895
NPG x31290

Ax41181

Edward George Villiers Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby

by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd)
photogravure, 1897
NPG Ax41181