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George William Beldam

(1868-1937), Artist

Artist associated with 9 portraits
Beldam was one of the leading early photographers of sports personalities. An excellent golfer and cricketer, he produced books of 'action photographs' (a term he coined) on tennis, golf and jujitsu; his two most famous works were produced with C.B. Fry: Great Batsmen: Their Methods at a Glance (1905) and Great Bowlers and Fielders (1906). The books showed for the first time 'action photographs and actual experience' and could be used as practical manuals, breaking the tradition of a more staid form of posed photography. His photographs also provided the basis for A. Chevalier Taylor's celebrated series of colour lithographs of cricketers in action.

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Charles Burgess Fry, by Albert Chevallier Tayler, after a photograph by  George William Beldam - NPG 5953

Charles Burgess Fry

by Albert Chevallier Tayler, after a photograph by George William Beldam
lithograph, 1905
NPG 5953

George Robert Canning Harris, 4th Baron Harris, by Albert Chevallier Tayler, after a photograph by  George William Beldam - NPG 5954

George Robert Canning Harris, 4th Baron Harris

by Albert Chevallier Tayler, after a photograph by George William Beldam
lithograph, 1905
NPG 5954

Martin Bladen Hawke, 7th Baron Hawke, by Albert Chevallier Tayler, after a photograph by  George William Beldam - NPG 5955

Martin Bladen Hawke, 7th Baron Hawke

by Albert Chevallier Tayler, after a photograph by George William Beldam
lithograph, 1905
NPG 5955

George Herbert Hirst, by Albert Chevallier Tayler, after a photograph by  George William Beldam - NPG 5956

George Herbert Hirst

by Albert Chevallier Tayler, after a photograph by George William Beldam
lithograph, 1905
NPG 5956

Sir (Francis) Stanley Jackson, by Albert Chevallier Tayler, after a photograph by  George William Beldam - NPG 5957

Sir (Francis) Stanley Jackson

by Albert Chevallier Tayler, after a photograph by George William Beldam
lithograph, 1905
NPG 5957

Gilbert Laird Jessop, by Albert Chevallier Tayler, after a photograph by  George William Beldam - NPG 5958

Gilbert Laird Jessop

by Albert Chevallier Tayler, after a photograph by George William Beldam
lithograph, 1905
NPG 5958

Archibald Campbell MacLaren, by Albert Chevallier Tayler, after a photograph by  George William Beldam - NPG 5959

Archibald Campbell MacLaren

by Albert Chevallier Tayler, after a photograph by George William Beldam
lithograph, 1905
NPG 5959

Wilfred Rhodes, copy by Albert Chevallier Tayler, after a photograph by  George William Beldam - NPG 5960

Wilfred Rhodes

copy by Albert Chevallier Tayler, after a photograph by George William Beldam
lithograph, 1905
NPG 5960

Sir Pelham Francis Warner, by Albert Chevallier Tayler, after a photograph by  George William Beldam - NPG 5961

Sir Pelham Francis Warner

by Albert Chevallier Tayler, after a photograph by George William Beldam
lithograph, 1905
NPG 5961

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Ronald Ross

20 July 2015, 16:48

You could also add that Mr Beldam wrote the book 'Great Golfers Their Methods at a glance By George W Beldam With Contributions by Harold H. Hilton, J. H. Taylor James Braid Alex. Herd Harry Vardon Illustrated By 268 Action Photographs London Macmillan And Co., Limited 1904. It is a book of immense quality, and weight!

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