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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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King George VI

by Olive Edis
bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1920
NPG x29786

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Mary Edis (née Murray)

by Olive Edis
autochrome, 1920-1930
NPG x45502

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Olive Edis

by Olive Edis
autochrome, 1920-1930
NPG x45513

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Katharine Legat (née Edis)

by Olive Edis
whole-plate autochrome, 1920-1930
NPG x45521

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Randall Thomas Davidson, Baron Davidson of Lambeth

by Olive Edis
matte bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1920s
NPG x5201

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George Bernard Shaw

by Olive Edis
platinotype on photographer's card mount, June 1930
NPG x4603

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Sir James Fortescue-Flannery, 1st Bt

by Olive Edis
bromide print, 1931
NPG x15087


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