Edmund Hodgson Yates(1831-1894), Novelist and journalist
Sitter in 12 portraits
Edmund Yates was born in Edinburgh, the only child of the well-known actors Frederick Henry Yates and Elizabeth Yates. He began his career as a clerk in the General Post Office, where he remained for twenty-five years. Yates also worked as a journalist, and wrote many dramatic pieces and some novels, including Running the Gauntletand The Black Sheep. He was perhaps best known as editor of The World society journal. He was also the author of and performed in Invitations at Egyptian Hall, London, which ran in 1862-3. The work was a highly successful comedy in which he and Harold Littledale Power posed as hosts to a variety of singers and actors.