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Edward White Benson

(1829-1896), Archbishop of Canterbury

Sitter in 54 portraits
Beginning his career as a schoolmaster Benson became the master of the new Wellington College in 1859. He was ordained in 1854, and was appointed Bishop of Lincoln in 1869. He served as Chancellor of Lincoln Minster from 1872 until 1877 when he was offered the bishopric of the new diocese of Truro. Benson is best remembered for devising the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, first used in Truro Cathedral on Christmas Eve, 1880. This service is now used every Christmas around the world. In his day however, the event that gave him most notoriety was the trial of Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln. King had been accused of ritualism in 1887, and Benson presided over the hearing, finding in favour of King.

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Edward White Benson, by Frederick Sargent - NPG 5600

Edward White Benson

by Frederick Sargent
pencil, 1870s or 1880s?
NPG 5600

Edward White Benson, by Albert Bruce-Joy - NPG 2058

Edward White Benson

by Albert Bruce-Joy
plaster cast of bust, circa 1885
NPG 2058

Edward White Benson, after Albert Bruce-Joy - NPG 2058a

Edward White Benson

after Albert Bruce-Joy
bronze bust, 1924, based on a work of circa 1885
NPG 2058a

Edward White Benson; Frederick Temple, by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.') - NPG 2870

Edward White Benson; Frederick Temple

by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.')
pencil, chalk and wash, circa 1890-1896
NPG 2870

Edward White Benson; Frederick Temple, by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.') - NPG 2871

Edward White Benson; Frederick Temple

by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.')
pencil, chalk and wash, circa 1890-1896
NPG 2871

Edward White Benson, by Unknown photographer - NPG P1700(17a)

Edward White Benson

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, 1895 or before
NPG P1700(17a)

Edward White Benson, by Unknown artist - NPG 2353

Edward White Benson

by Unknown artist
plaster cast of death-mask, after 1896
NPG 2353

Edward White Benson, by Walker & Boutall, after  John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x134607

Edward White Benson

by Walker & Boutall, after John Jabez Edwin Mayall
photogravure, (1867)
NPG x134607

Edward White Benson, by Frederick Argall - NPG x741

Edward White Benson

by Frederick Argall
albumen carte-de-visite, 1877-1882
NPG x741

Edward White Benson, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington - NPG Ax17586

Edward White Benson

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1880
NPG Ax17586

Edward White Benson, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington - NPG x748

Edward White Benson

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1880
NPG x748

Edward White Benson, by Albert Eugene Fradelle - NPG x742

Edward White Benson

by Albert Eugene Fradelle
albumen cabinet card, 1882-1885
NPG x742

Edward White Benson, by Francis Henry Hart, for  Elliott & Fry - NPG x745

Edward White Benson

by Francis Henry Hart, for Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1883-1893
NPG x745

Edward White Benson, by Francis Henry Hart, for  Elliott & Fry - NPG x9035

Edward White Benson

by Francis Henry Hart, for Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1883-1893
NPG x9035

Edward White Benson, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x137563

Edward White Benson

by Alexander Bassano
albumen cabinet card, 1883
NPG x137563

Edward White Benson, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96161

Edward White Benson

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1883
NPG x96161

Edward White Benson, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96164

Edward White Benson

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1883
NPG x96164

Edward White Benson, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96165

Edward White Benson

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1883
NPG x96165

Edward White Benson, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96166

Edward White Benson

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1883
NPG x96166

Edward White Benson, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96167

Edward White Benson

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1883
NPG x96167

Edward White Benson, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x127409

Edward White Benson

by Elliott & Fry
chlorobromide print on cream card mount, 1886
NPG x127409

Edward White Benson, by Walery, published by  Sampson Low & Co - NPG Ax9108

Edward White Benson

by Walery, published by Sampson Low & Co
carbon print, published December 1888
NPG Ax9108

Edward White Benson, by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Eglington & Co - NPG Ax5472

Edward White Benson

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Eglington & Co
carbon print, published 1889
NPG Ax5472

Edward White Benson, by Samuel Alexander Walker, printed by  Waterlow & Sons Ltd - NPG Ax38331

Edward White Benson

by Samuel Alexander Walker, printed by Waterlow & Sons Ltd
carbon print, published July 1889
NPG Ax38331

Edward White Benson, by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Eglington & Co - NPG x5165

Edward White Benson

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Eglington & Co
carbon print, published 1889
NPG x5165

Edward White Benson, by W. & D. Downey, published by  Cassell & Company, Ltd - NPG Ax14722

Edward White Benson

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1890
NPG Ax14722

Edward White Benson, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x12578

Edward White Benson

by Alexander Bassano
cabinet card, early 1890s
NPG x12578

Edward White Benson, by James Russell & Sons - NPG x744

Edward White Benson

by James Russell & Sons
albumen print, early-mid 1890s
NPG x744

Edward White Benson, by W. & D. Downey, published by  Cassell & Company, Ltd - NPG x747

Edward White Benson

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1890
NPG x747

Various actresses and others, by and after Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax139923

Various actresses and others

by and after Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1890s
NPG Ax139923

Edward White Benson, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96168

Edward White Benson

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, early 1890s
NPG x96168

Edward White Benson, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96169

Edward White Benson

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, early 1890s
NPG x96169

Edward White Benson, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96170

Edward White Benson

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, early 1890s
NPG x96170

Edward White Benson, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96171

Edward White Benson

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, early 1890s
NPG x96171

Edward White Benson, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96172

Edward White Benson

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, early 1890s
NPG x96172

Edward White Benson, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96173

Edward White Benson

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, early 1890s
NPG x96173

Edward White Benson, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96174

Edward White Benson

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, early 1890s
NPG x96174

Edward White Benson, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96175

Edward White Benson

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, early 1890s
NPG x96175

Edward White Benson, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96176

Edward White Benson

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, early 1890s
NPG x96176

Edward White Benson, by York & Son, after  Unknown photographer - NPG x3638

Edward White Benson

by York & Son, after Unknown photographer
glass lantern slide, 1890s (before 1896)
NPG x3638

Edward White Benson, after Samuel Alexander Walker - NPG D31672

Edward White Benson

after Samuel Alexander Walker
chromolithograph, published 1883
NPG D31672

Edward White Benson, by Charles William Sherborn, after  Henry Tanworth Wells - NPG D20728

Edward White Benson

by Charles William Sherborn, after Henry Tanworth Wells
etching, 1884 or after
NPG D20728

Edward White Benson ('Statesmen. No. 524.'), by Sir Leslie Ward - NPG D44343

Edward White Benson ('Statesmen. No. 524.')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 30 July 1887
NPG D44343

Edward White Benson, by Unknown artist - NPG D31671

Edward White Benson

by Unknown artist
line block, probably 1890s
NPG D31671

Edward White Benson, after Henry Tanworth Wells - NPG D9627

Edward White Benson

after Henry Tanworth Wells
etching, circa 1890
NPG D9627

Edward White Benson; possibly Randall Thomas Davidson, Baron Davidson of Lambeth; Frederick Temple, after Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.') - NPG D41932

Edward White Benson; possibly Randall Thomas Davidson, Baron Davidson of Lambeth; Frederick Temple

after Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.')
glass lantern slide, circa 1892-1895
NPG D41932

Edward White Benson; Frederick Temple, after Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.') - NPG D41946

Edward White Benson; Frederick Temple

after Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.')
glass lantern slide, circa 1892-1895
NPG D41946

Arthur Balfour, Frederick Temple, Edward White Benson et al, after Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.') - NPG D41949

Arthur Balfour, Frederick Temple, Edward White Benson et al

after Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.')
glass lantern slide, circa 1892-1895
NPG D41949

Edward White Benson, by Henry Sigismund Uhlrich, published by  The Graphic, after  Lance Calkin - NPG D31673

Edward White Benson

by Henry Sigismund Uhlrich, published by The Graphic, after Lance Calkin
wood engraving, published 19 October 1895
NPG D31673

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Edward White Benson

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax38781

Web image not currently available

Edward White Benson

by Walery, published by Sampson Low & Co
carbon print, published December 1888
NPG x8690

Web image not currently available

Edward White Benson

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print, published 1890
NPG x746

Web image not currently available

Edward White Benson

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
platinum print
NPG x743

Web image not currently available

Vanity Fair Panel no. 2

by Sir Leslie Ward, and Carlo Pellegrini, and 'Hay', and Théobald Chartran ('T'), and Liborio Prosperi ('Lib')
chromolithographs pasted onto wooden panel, assembled from prints published 1881-1889
NPG D39292

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