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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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Robert Alexander, by Olive Edis - NPG x35

Robert Alexander

by Olive Edis
platinum print, 1904
NPG x35

Robert Alexander, by Olive Edis - NPG x36

Robert Alexander

by Olive Edis
platinum print, 1904
NPG x36

Sir Richard Douglas Powell, 1st Bt, by Olive Edis - NPG x15541

Sir Richard Douglas Powell, 1st Bt

by Olive Edis
platinum print, circa 1905
NPG x15541

Sir Malcolm Alexander Morris, by Olive Edis - NPG x15505

Sir Malcolm Alexander Morris

by Olive Edis
platinum print, 1906
NPG x15505

Sedley Taylor, by Olive Edis - NPG x16115

Sedley Taylor

by Olive Edis
platinotype on card mount, circa 1906
NPG x16115

Sedley Taylor, by Olive Edis - NPG x16116

Sedley Taylor

by Olive Edis
bromide print, circa 1906
NPG x16116

Augustine Birrell, by Olive Edis - NPG x5212

Augustine Birrell

by Olive Edis
matte bromide print, April 1906
NPG x5212

Augustine Birrell, by Olive Edis - NPG x971

Augustine Birrell

by Olive Edis
sepia-toned platinum print on photographer's card mount, April 1906
NPG x971

Winnafreda (née Yuill), Countess of Portarlington, by Olive Edis, and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x15540

Winnafreda (née Yuill), Countess of Portarlington

by Olive Edis, and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1907
NPG x15540

Winifred Tolton; Edward Phillips Oppenheim, by Olive Edis, and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x134180

Winifred Tolton; Edward Phillips Oppenheim

by Olive Edis, and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
platinotype on photographers' card mount, 1907
NPG x134180

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, by Olive Edis - NPG x317

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

by Olive Edis
bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1909-1910
NPG x317

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, by Olive Edis, and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x66

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

by Olive Edis, and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
platinotype on photographers card mount, 1909-1910
NPG x66

Montague Rhodes James, by Olive Edis - NPG x6034

Montague Rhodes James

by Olive Edis
sepia-toned platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1910s
NPG x6034

Thomas Martin LIndsay, by Olive Edis - NPG x12445

Thomas Martin LIndsay

by Olive Edis
platinotype on photographer's card mount, circa 1910
NPG x12445

Geraldine Smith (née Oppenheim), by Olive Edis - NPG x12616

Geraldine Smith (née Oppenheim)

by Olive Edis
platinum print, 1910s
NPG x12616

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, by Olive Edis, and  Katharine Legat (née Edis) - NPG x13255

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

by Olive Edis, and Katharine Legat (née Edis)
sepia-toned platinum print on photographer's card mount, August 1910
NPG x13255

Detmar Dressel, by Olive Edis - NPG x14373

Detmar Dressel

by Olive Edis
platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1910s
NPG x14373

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