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Joe Chamberlain; Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

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Joe Chamberlain; Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, by Sydney Prior Hall, circa 1895 - NPG 5114 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Joe Chamberlain; Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Sydney Prior Hall
oil on canvas, circa 1895
24 in. x 36 1/8 in. (610 mm x 918 mm)
Purchased, 1976
Primary Collection
NPG 5114


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  • Sydney Prior Hall (1842-1922), Portrait painter and illustrator. Artist associated with 152 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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A rare and informal view of two great statesmen, lounging back on one of the green front benches in the House of Commons, evidently taking part in a debate. Chamberlain, formidable political boss of Birmingham, had deserted the Liberal Party over the issue of Irish Home Rule. He joined Lord Salisbury's third administration in 1895 as Secretary of State for the Colonies. The intellectual Balfour, Salisbury's nephew, and leader of the Tories in the House of Commons, succeeded his uncle as Prime Minister in 1902.

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