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

Sitter in 61 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)

x182288

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by John Edwards
vintage bromide print on card mount, circa 1885
NPG x182288

x182289

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by John Edwards
vintage bromide print on card mount, circa 1885
NPG x182289

x182280

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by G.G. Lange
albumen cabinet card, 1890s
NPG x182280

x182263

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Montabone
vintage bromide print on card mount, circa 1898
NPG x182263

x182264

Unidentified man; Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Duffus Bros
vintage bromide print on card mount, circa 1900
NPG x182264

x182281

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Molkenteller, Hammes & Co
albumen cabinet card, 1900s
NPG x182281

x182282

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Louis Held
albumen cabinet card, 1900s
NPG x182282

x182279

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
vintage print on card mount, 1903
NPG x182279

x182265

Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
vintage platinotype print on card mount, 1910s
NPG x182265

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

x182262

Sir Pertab Singhji; Joseph-Jacques-Césaire Joffre; Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig

by Unknown photographer
vintage hand-coloured postcard print, 1916
NPG x182262

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