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Edward White Benson

(1829-1896), Archbishop of Canterbury

Sitter in 54 portraits
Beginning his career as a schoolmaster Benson became the master of the new Wellington College in 1859. He was ordained in 1854, and was appointed Bishop of Lincoln in 1869. He served as Chancellor of Lincoln Minster from 1872 until 1877 when he was offered the bishopric of the new diocese of Truro. Benson is best remembered for devising the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, first used in Truro Cathedral on Christmas Eve, 1880. This service is now used every Christmas around the world. In his day however, the event that gave him most notoriety was the trial of Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln. King had been accused of ritualism in 1887, and Benson presided over the hearing, finding in favour of King.

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Edward White Benson, after Samuel Alexander Walker - NPG D31672

Edward White Benson

after Samuel Alexander Walker
chromolithograph, published 1883
NPG D31672

Edward White Benson, by Charles William Sherborn, after  Henry Tanworth Wells - NPG D20728

Edward White Benson

by Charles William Sherborn, after Henry Tanworth Wells
etching, 1884 or after
NPG D20728

Edward White Benson ('Statesmen. No. 524.'), by Sir Leslie Ward - NPG D44343

Edward White Benson ('Statesmen. No. 524.')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 30 July 1887
NPG D44343

Edward White Benson, by Unknown artist - NPG D31671

Edward White Benson

by Unknown artist
line block, probably 1890s
NPG D31671

Edward White Benson, after Henry Tanworth Wells - NPG D9627

Edward White Benson

after Henry Tanworth Wells
etching, circa 1890
NPG D9627

Edward White Benson; possibly Randall Thomas Davidson, Baron Davidson of Lambeth; Frederick Temple, after Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.') - NPG D41932

Edward White Benson; possibly Randall Thomas Davidson, Baron Davidson of Lambeth; Frederick Temple

after Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.')
glass lantern slide, circa 1892-1895
NPG D41932

Edward White Benson; Frederick Temple, after Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.') - NPG D41946

Edward White Benson; Frederick Temple

after Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.')
glass lantern slide, circa 1892-1895
NPG D41946

Arthur Balfour, Frederick Temple, Edward White Benson et al, after Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.') - NPG D41949

Arthur Balfour, Frederick Temple, Edward White Benson et al

after Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.')
glass lantern slide, circa 1892-1895
NPG D41949

Edward White Benson, by Henry Sigismund Uhlrich, published by  The Graphic, after  Lance Calkin - NPG D31673

Edward White Benson

by Henry Sigismund Uhlrich, published by The Graphic, after Lance Calkin
wood engraving, published 19 October 1895
NPG D31673

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Edward White Benson

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s-1870s
NPG Ax38781

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Edward White Benson

by Walery, published by Sampson Low & Co
carbon print, published December 1888
NPG x8690

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Edward White Benson

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print, published 1890
NPG x746

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Edward White Benson

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
platinum print
NPG x743

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Vanity Fair Panel no. 2

by Sir Leslie Ward, and Carlo Pellegrini, and 'Hay', and Théobald Chartran ('T'), and Liborio Prosperi ('Lib')
chromolithographs pasted onto wooden panel, assembled from prints published 1881-1889
NPG D39292

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