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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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Dame Millicent Fawcett, by Olive Edis - NPG x15085

Dame Millicent Fawcett

by Olive Edis
matte bromide print, circa 1910
NPG x15085

Sir William Duff Gibbon, by Olive Edis - NPG x15407

Sir William Duff Gibbon

by Olive Edis
sepia-toned matte print on photographer's card mount, 1910-1915
NPG x15407

Henry ('Harry') Grattan Guinness, by Olive Edis - NPG x15412

Henry ('Harry') Grattan Guinness

by Olive Edis
platinum print, 1910s
NPG x15412

Joseph Hocking, by Olive Edis - NPG x15435

Joseph Hocking

by Olive Edis
bromide print, circa 1910
NPG x15435

John Gray McKendrick, by Olive Edis - NPG x15492

John Gray McKendrick

by Olive Edis
platinotype on photographer's card mount, 1910s
NPG x15492

Sir Patrick Manson, by Olive Edis - NPG x15494

Sir Patrick Manson

by Olive Edis
platinum print, 1910s
NPG x15494

James Moffatt, by Olive Edis - NPG x15496

James Moffatt

by Olive Edis
platinum print, 1910s
NPG x15496

Frank Frankfurt Moore, by Olive Edis - NPG x15498

Frank Frankfurt Moore

by Olive Edis
bromide print, 1910s
NPG x15498

John Owen Farquhar Murray, by Olive Edis - NPG x15509

John Owen Farquhar Murray

by Olive Edis
platinum print on photographer's card mount, 1910s
NPG x15509

John Owen Farquhar Murray, by Olive Edis - NPG x15510

John Owen Farquhar Murray

by Olive Edis
platinum print on photographer's card mount, 1910s
NPG x15510

Reginald St John Parry, by Olive Edis - NPG x15537

Reginald St John Parry

by Olive Edis
platinum print, circa 1910
NPG x15537

John Arthur Platt, by Olive Edis - NPG x15538

John Arthur Platt

by Olive Edis
platinum print on photographer's card mount, circa 1910
NPG x15538

Edmund Thomas Sandars, by Olive Edis - NPG x15560

Edmund Thomas Sandars

by Olive Edis
platinum print, 1910s
NPG x15560

Harold Spender, by Olive Edis - NPG x16094

Harold Spender

by Olive Edis
platinum print on photographer's card mount, 1910s
NPG x16094

Sir Frederick Wilfrid Stokes, by Olive Edis - NPG x16097

Sir Frederick Wilfrid Stokes

by Olive Edis
platinum print on photographer's card mount, 1910s
NPG x16097

Sir Frederick Wilfrid Stokes, by Olive Edis - NPG x16098

Sir Frederick Wilfrid Stokes

by Olive Edis
platinum print on photographer's card mount, 1910s
NPG x16098

Charles Harbord, 5th Baron Suffield, by Olive Edis - NPG x16114

Charles Harbord, 5th Baron Suffield

by Olive Edis
platinum print on photographer's card mount, circa 1910
NPG x16114

Philip George Lancelot Webb, by Olive Edis - NPG x16343

Philip George Lancelot Webb

by Olive Edis
platinum print, 1910s
NPG x16343

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