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Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig (1861-1928), Field Marshal

Sitter in 49 portraits
Commissioned into a cavalry regiment in 1885, by 1904 Haig had become the youngest major general in the British Army. On the outbreak of war in 1914, he helped organise the British Expeditionary Force (BEF), commanded by Field-Marshal John French. In 1915 he replaced French as Commander-in-Chief of the BEF and directed British campaigns including the Somme in 1916. Haig's tactics in these battles were and still are considered controversial by many including the then Prime Minister Lloyd George. After the war Haig devoted the rest of his life to the welfare of ex-servicemen, and was involved in the creation of the Royal British Legion, of which he was president until his death.

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1801a

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Mrs Graham Smith
watercolour, 1894
NPG 1801a

1954

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

2908(17)

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by John Singer Sargent
pencil, circa 1922
NPG 2908(17)

x45283

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
vintage bromide print, 1915-1920
NPG x45283

x45429

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
bromide print with overpainting, rephotographed, 1915-1920
NPG x45429

Ax39017

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG Ax39017

x15159

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 16 January 1917
NPG x15159

x84291

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 16 January 1917
NPG x84291

x32883

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 January 1917
NPG x32883

x32884

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 January 1917
NPG x32884

x32886

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 January 1917
NPG x32886

x32887

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 January 1917
NPG x32887

x32888

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 January 1917
NPG x32888

x32889

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 January 1917
NPG x32889

x32890

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 January 1917
NPG x32890

x32893

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 January 1917
NPG x32893

x32894

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 January 1917
NPG x32894

x32896

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 January 1917
NPG x32896

x32897

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 16 January 1917
NPG x32897