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Olive Edis

(1876-1955), Photographer

(Mary) Olive Edis (Mrs Galsworthy)

Sitter in 18 portraits
Artist associated with 428 portraits
Olive Edis opened her first studio with her sister Katherine in early the 1900s in Sheringham, Norfolk specialising in fisherman and local nobilities. She later had studios in Farnham, Surrey and Ladbroke Grove, London. Edis worked with sepia platinotypes and pioneered colour autochrome portraits from 1912 onwards. Her sitters included Shaw, Hardy, Balfour, and Mrs Pankhurst. Olive Edis patented her own autochrome viewer. She photographed British Women's services and the battlefields of France and Flanders 1918-19 for the Imperial War Museum. She married Edwin Henry Galsworthy, a cousin of the novelist John Galsworthy, 1928.

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Frederick Bacon Barwell, by Olive Edis, and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x251

Frederick Bacon Barwell

by Olive Edis, and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1890s
NPG x251

William McTaggart, by Olive Edis - NPG x15493

William McTaggart

by Olive Edis
platinum print, 1900s
NPG x15493

Jane Maria (née Grant), Lady Strachey, by Olive Edis - NPG x13049

Jane Maria (née Grant), Lady Strachey

by Olive Edis
sepia-toned platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1900s
NPG x13049

Jane Maria (née Grant), Lady Strachey, by Olive Edis - NPG x13050

Jane Maria (née Grant), Lady Strachey

by Olive Edis
sepia-toned platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1900s
NPG x13050

Jane Maria (née Grant), Lady Strachey, by Olive Edis - NPG x13051

Jane Maria (née Grant), Lady Strachey

by Olive Edis
sepia-toned platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1900s
NPG x13051

Jane Maria (née Grant), Lady Strachey, by Olive Edis - NPG x13052

Jane Maria (née Grant), Lady Strachey

by Olive Edis
sepia-toned platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1900s
NPG x13052

Sir James Mckenzie Davidson, by Olive Edis - NPG x11606

Sir James Mckenzie Davidson

by Olive Edis
platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1900-1917
NPG x11606

Ben Davies, by Olive Edis, and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x11610

Ben Davies

by Olive Edis, and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1900s
NPG x11610

Sir Henry Enfield Roscoe, by Olive Edis - NPG x12876

Sir Henry Enfield Roscoe

by Olive Edis
platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1900s
NPG x12876

Edward Stuart Talbot, by Olive Edis - NPG x12980

Edward Stuart Talbot

by Olive Edis
platinum print, 1900s
NPG x12980

Henry Broadhurst, by Olive Edis - NPG x1343

Henry Broadhurst

by Olive Edis
platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1900s
NPG x1343

Sir Robert William Edis, by Olive Edis - NPG x14310

Sir Robert William Edis

by Olive Edis
platinotype on photographer's card, 1900s
NPG x14310

John Murray Gibbon, by Olive Edis - NPG x15406

John Murray Gibbon

by Olive Edis
platinum print on photographer's card mount, circa 1900
NPG x15406

Sir David Gill, by Olive Edis, and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x15408

Sir David Gill

by Olive Edis, and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1900s
NPG x15408

Lily Hanbury, by Olive Edis, and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x15419

Lily Hanbury

by Olive Edis, and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
platinotype on photographer's card mount, early 1900s
NPG x15419

Sir Donald MacAlister, 1st Bt, by Olive Edis - NPG x15471

Sir Donald MacAlister, 1st Bt

by Olive Edis
bromide print, 1900s
NPG x15471

Sir Stephen MacKenzie, by Olive Edis - NPG x15490

Sir Stephen MacKenzie

by Olive Edis
platinum print, 1900s
NPG x15490

Caroline Murray, by Olive Edis - NPG x15507

Caroline Murray

by Olive Edis
bromide print, 1900
NPG x15507

Blanche Anne Frances Pigott, by Olive Edis, and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x15539

Blanche Anne Frances Pigott

by Olive Edis, and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
platinotype on photographers' card mount, 1900s
NPG x15539

Joseph Armitage Robinson, by Olive Edis - NPG x15554

Joseph Armitage Robinson

by Olive Edis
platinum print on photographer's card mount, 1900s
NPG x15554

Agnes Garrett, by Olive Edis - NPG x16323

Agnes Garrett

by Olive Edis
platinum print on card mount, 1900s
NPG x16323

Sir David Gill, possibly by Olive Edis, and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x16378

Sir David Gill

possibly by Olive Edis, and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
platinum print, 1900s
NPG x16378

Arthur Bevington Gillett, by Olive Edis - NPG x16379

Arthur Bevington Gillett

by Olive Edis
bromide print, 1900-1930
NPG x16379

William Bates Ferguson, by Olive Edis - NPG x5195

William Bates Ferguson

by Olive Edis
platinotype on cream card mount, 1900-1930
NPG x5195

Helen Rose (née Banks), Lady Dewar, by Olive Edis, and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x5200

Helen Rose (née Banks), Lady Dewar

by Olive Edis, and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1900s
NPG x5200

Charles Bennett; Ben Davies, by Olive Edis, and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x5204

Charles Bennett; Ben Davies

by Olive Edis, and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
platinum print on photographer's card mount, early 1900s
NPG x5204

John Ford Anderson, by Olive Edis - NPG x5215

John Ford Anderson

by Olive Edis
matte bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1900-1930
NPG x5215

James George Skelton Anderson, by Olive Edis - NPG x61

James George Skelton Anderson

by Olive Edis
platinum print, 1900-1907
NPG x61

Rowland Corbett, by Olive Edis - NPG x6876

Rowland Corbett

by Olive Edis
platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1900-1930
NPG x6876

Muriel Ivy (née Duncan), Lady Anderson, by Olive Edis - NPG x84

Muriel Ivy (née Duncan), Lady Anderson

by Olive Edis
matte bromide print, 1900-1930
NPG x84

Unknown woman, by Olive Edis, and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x45348

Unknown woman

by Olive Edis, and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
platinum print, 1900s
NPG x45348

Unknown aunt of Sir Eric Campbell Geddes and Auckland Campbell Geddes, 1st Baron Geddes, by Olive Edis, and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x196239

Unknown aunt of Sir Eric Campbell Geddes and Auckland Campbell Geddes, 1st Baron Geddes

by Olive Edis, and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
platinum print, 1900s
NPG x196239

Jane Maria (née Grant), Lady Strachey, by Olive Edis - NPG x13053

Jane Maria (née Grant), Lady Strachey

by Olive Edis
sepia-toned platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1900s
NPG x13053

William Booth, by Olive Edis, and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x1166

William Booth

by Olive Edis, and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
platinum print, 1902
NPG x1166

Sir George Barclay Bruce, by Olive Edis - NPG x4830

Sir George Barclay Bruce

by Olive Edis
platinotype mounted on grey board, circa 1902
NPG x4830

Sir Alan Garrett Anderson, by Olive Edis - NPG x60

Sir Alan Garrett Anderson

by Olive Edis
platinum print, 1902
NPG x60

Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.'), by Olive Edis, and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x13812

Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.')

by Olive Edis, and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
platinotype on photographer's card mount, circa 1903
NPG x13812

Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.'), by Olive Edis - NPG x13811

Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.')

by Olive Edis
platinum print, circa 1903
NPG x13811

George Johnstone Stoney, by Olive Edis, and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x26566

George Johnstone Stoney

by Olive Edis, and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
platinotype on photographer's card mount, mid 1900s
NPG x26566

John Laughton, by Olive Edis - NPG x19896

John Laughton

by Olive Edis
bromide print, circa 1904
NPG x19896

Robert Alexander, by Olive Edis - NPG x35

Robert Alexander

by Olive Edis
platinum print, 1904
NPG x35

Robert Alexander, by Olive Edis - NPG x36

Robert Alexander

by Olive Edis
platinum print, 1904
NPG x36

Sir Richard Douglas Powell, 1st Bt, by Olive Edis - NPG x15541

Sir Richard Douglas Powell, 1st Bt

by Olive Edis
platinum print, circa 1905
NPG x15541

Sir Malcolm Alexander Morris, by Olive Edis - NPG x15505

Sir Malcolm Alexander Morris

by Olive Edis
platinum print, 1906
NPG x15505

Sedley Taylor, by Olive Edis - NPG x16115

Sedley Taylor

by Olive Edis
platinotype on card mount, circa 1906
NPG x16115

Sedley Taylor, by Olive Edis - NPG x16116

Sedley Taylor

by Olive Edis
bromide print, circa 1906
NPG x16116

Augustine Birrell, by Olive Edis - NPG x5212

Augustine Birrell

by Olive Edis
matte bromide print, April 1906
NPG x5212

Augustine Birrell, by Olive Edis - NPG x971

Augustine Birrell

by Olive Edis
sepia-toned platinum print on photographer's card mount, April 1906
NPG x971

Winnafreda (née Yuill), Countess of Portarlington, by Olive Edis, and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x15540

Winnafreda (née Yuill), Countess of Portarlington

by Olive Edis, and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1907
NPG x15540

Winifred Tolton; Edward Phillips Oppenheim, by Olive Edis, and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x134180

Winifred Tolton; Edward Phillips Oppenheim

by Olive Edis, and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
platinotype on photographers' card mount, 1907
NPG x134180

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, by Olive Edis - NPG x317

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

by Olive Edis
bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1909-1910
NPG x317

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, by Olive Edis, and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x66

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

by Olive Edis, and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
platinotype on photographers card mount, 1909-1910
NPG x66

Montague Rhodes James, by Olive Edis - NPG x6034

Montague Rhodes James

by Olive Edis
sepia-toned platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1910s
NPG x6034

Thomas Martin LIndsay, by Olive Edis - NPG x12445

Thomas Martin LIndsay

by Olive Edis
platinotype on photographer's card mount, circa 1910
NPG x12445

Geraldine Smith (née Oppenheim), by Olive Edis - NPG x12616

Geraldine Smith (née Oppenheim)

by Olive Edis
platinum print, 1910s
NPG x12616

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, by Olive Edis, and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x13255

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

by Olive Edis, and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
sepia-toned platinum print on photographer's card mount, August 1910
NPG x13255

Detmar Dressel, by Olive Edis - NPG x14373

Detmar Dressel

by Olive Edis
platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1910s
NPG x14373

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