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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 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

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