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James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce

(1838-1922), Jurist, historian and Liberal politician; MP for Tower Hamlets and Aberdeen South

Sitter in 15 portraits
A Fellow at Oxford University, Bryce came to prominence as a historian through his 1864 work The Holy Roman Empire. His Essays on Reform was hugely successful, running through sixty-five editions by 1958. He was called to the Bar in 1867 and practised law in London for a few years, before returning to Oxford as Regius Professor of Civil Law. An ardent Liberal, he was elected to parliament in 1880 where he served in a number of senior posts including President of the Board of Trade. In 1905 the Liberals were re-elected after a decade in opposition. Bryce was made Chief Secretary for Ireland and swiftly thereafter was appointed British Ambassador to the United States of America.

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James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce, by Harold Wright ('Stuff') - NPG 6749

James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce

by Harold Wright ('Stuff')
pencil, watercolour and bodycolour, 1893
NPG 6749

James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce, by W. & D. Downey, published by  Cassell & Company, Ltd - NPG Ax16152

James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1893
NPG Ax16152

James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x6451

James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 1902
NPG x6451

James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce, by Walter Stoneman, for  James Russell & Sons - NPG Ax46104

James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce

by Walter Stoneman, for James Russell & Sons
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG Ax46104

James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce ('Statesmen. No. 609.'), by Harold Wright ('Stuff') - NPG D44635

James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce ('Statesmen. No. 609.')

by Harold Wright ('Stuff')
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 25 February 1893
NPG D44635

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