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John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres (1852-1925), Field Marshal

Sitter in 19 portraits
Born at Ripple in Kent, French had a distinguished career in the Sudan, in the expedition to relieve General Gordon at Khartoum, and in South Africa where he relieved the siege of Kimberly. As Commander-in-Chief, Aldershot, from 1902, he was responsible for the total reform of military manoeuvres. He became Chief of the Imperial General Staff in 1912 and in 1914 held supreme command of the British Expeditionary Force in France. Failure to break the German line at the Battles of Ypres and Loos, saw him succeeded by Sir Douglas Haig on the Western Front in 1915. He served as Commander-in-Chief of the Home Forces until the end of the war, and became Lord Lieutenant in Ireland in 1918.

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P1700(48b)

John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres

by Sidney Cooper Weston, for Lambert Weston & Son
albumen print, 1890s
NPG P1700(48b)

2654

John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres

by John Singer Sargent
oil on canvas, circa 1919-1922
On display in Room 30 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 2654

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

x39349

John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres

by Sidney Cooper Weston, for Lambert Weston & Son
cabinet card, 1890s
NPG x39349

x197039

John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres

by Knight, published by Ogden's
cigarette card, published circa 1899
NPG x197039

x27570

John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres

by Mrs Albert Broom (Christina Livingston)
bromide print on card mount, 1910s
NPG x27570

x26381

'F.M. Sir John French, with A.D.C.'s. Commander in Chief in France'

published by Realistic Travels
printing-out paper stereoscopic card, 1914-1918
NPG x26381

x134378

John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres with his aides-de-camp

published by Realistic Travels
albumen stereoscopic card, circa 1914
NPG x134378

x137270

Joseph-Jacques-Césaire Joffre; John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres

by Unknown photographer, and by Unknown photographer
hand-coloured bromide prints, published 1914
NPG x137270

Ax39002

John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres

by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG Ax39002

D36275

John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres

supplement to Illustrated London News, after John St Helier Lander
photogravure, after 1908
NPG D36275

x197883

'King Edward & His Empire Builders'

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
vintage postcard print, circa 1907
NPG x197883

x197673

'Defenders of Our Empire'

published by James Valentine & Sons Ltd, after Swaine, and Langfier Ltd, and Alexander Bassano, and Sport & General Press Agency Ltd, and James Russell & Sons
vintage postcard print, 1911 or after
NPG x197673

x193603

'Men who are making History'

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
vintage postcard print, circa 1914
NPG x193603

x193604

'Soldiers of the King'

published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
vintage postcard print, circa 1914
NPG x193604

x169687

John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass copy negative, October 1944 (1918)
NPG x169687