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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

(1848-1930), Prime Minister and philosopher

20th Century Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 136 portraits
Born at Whittingehame House, East Lothian and educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge; Balfour first made his mark as a philosopher, publishing A Defence of Philosophic Doubt in 1879; he entered politics in 1874 through the patronage of his uncle, Lord Salisbury, as a Conservative member for Hertford; succeeded Salisbury as Prime Minister in 1902 but was unable to keep together a party divided by issues of Free Trade and Protectionism and resigned in 1905; during the First World War he worked as First Lord of the Admiralty and, from 1916 to 1919, as Foreign Secretary; Balfour continued in politics until the age of eighty, having served for twenty-seven years as a member of the cabinet.

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Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, by Lafayette - NPG x134495

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Lafayette
albumen cabinet card, circa 1888
NPG x134495

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, by Alfred Werner & Son - NPG x197245

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Alfred Werner & Son
albumen cabinet card, 1889
NPG x197245

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x127405

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Elliott & Fry
chlorobromide print on cream card mount, 1889
NPG x127405

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x82454

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass copy negative, 1889
NPG x82454

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, by Lafayette, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x197716

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Lafayette, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1900s (1890s)
NPG x197716

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, by W. & D. Downey, published by  Cassell & Company, Ltd - NPG Ax27926

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1894
NPG Ax27926

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x374

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
carbon print, before 1895
NPG x374

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, published by  Charles Newman & Co - NPG Ax15877

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, published by Charles Newman & Co
carbon print, published before 1895
NPG Ax15877

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, by Benjamin Stone - NPG x8284

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Benjamin Stone
platinum print, November 1899
NPG x8284

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, by Elliott & Fry, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x197714

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Elliott & Fry, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x197714

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x96263

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1900?
NPG x96263

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x177

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen cabinet card, August 1902
NPG x177

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x8451

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by George Charles Beresford
platinum print, 1902
NPG x8451

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, by Bassano Ltd, published by  Davidson Brothers - NPG x193620

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

by Bassano Ltd, published by Davidson Brothers
bromide postcard print, circa 1902
NPG x193620

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