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Walter Stoneman (1876-1958), Photographer

Sitter in 8 portraits
Artist associated with 17928 portraits
From the age of twenty-one Stoneman worked as a photographer for the large established firm of J. Russell & Sons of Baker Street, London. He worked his way up, photographing society figures. By 1913, he had risen to the position of Managing Director. In 1917 he approached the Director of the National Portrait Gallery, James Milner, with an ambitious idea for a National Photographic Record. The Record was set up to photograph every eminent British person, with a photograph of each to be kept as a permanent record in the Gallery's reference collection. Stoneman photographed some 7,000 sitters on the Gallery's behalf; he worked on the Record for forty-one years, adding 100-200 portraits each year.

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Walter Stoneman

by Walter Stoneman
negative, April 1942
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Walter Stoneman

by Walter Stoneman
negative, April 1942
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Walter Stoneman

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, June 1946
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Walter Stoneman

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, June 1946
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Walter Stoneman

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, June 1946
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Walter Stoneman and unidentified woman

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, December 1948
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