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National Photographic Record: prints by Walter Stoneman, 1910-19


1299 Portraits in set

The National Photographic Record began in 1917, during the First World War, at the instigation of Walter Stoneman, the chief photographer for the long established firm of Russell & Sons. A selected range of eminent people of the day were invited to make an appointment to sit at Stoneman's studio and from each sitting a mounted print was added to the NPR. Reproduction fees from the publication of any of these photographs were shared between the photographer and the National Portrait Gallery. The collection was made for record purposes only, with no intention of the results being exhibited. Despite controversy caused by working exclusively with one selected photographer, the collection of postcard-sized prints of eminent people of the day grew over the years to an archive of over 10,000 subjects. Each year approximately 200 new subjects were added to an alphabetical sequence now housed in 436 boxes and viewable by appointment. Stoneman was succeeded, on his retirement and death, by Walter Bird (active 1958-1967), and then by Godfrey Argent (active 1967-1970). In addition, the Gallery also holds approximately 10,000 NPR whole- and half-plate glass negatives taken between 1917 and 1958, arranged chronologically, which consist of up to five alternative poses taken at the NPR sitting.

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William Lygon, 7th Earl Beauchamp, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x163982

William Lygon, 7th Earl Beauchamp

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1910s
NPG x163982

Sir George Brookman, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x165654

Sir George Brookman

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1910s
NPG x165654

Sir John Tomlinson Brunner, 1st Bt, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x166180

Sir John Tomlinson Brunner, 1st Bt

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1910s
NPG x166180

Archibald Henry Peake, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x169894

Archibald Henry Peake

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1910s
NPG x169894

Sir Joseph Cooke Verco, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x185822

Sir Joseph Cooke Verco

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1910s
NPG x185822

Sir (John) Langdon Bonython, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x165357

Sir (John) Langdon Bonython

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1915
NPG x165357

Sir Joseph Compton-Rickett, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x159915

Sir Joseph Compton-Rickett

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1915
NPG x159915

Sir John Anderson, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x163613

Sir John Anderson

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG x163613

Alfred Milner, Viscount Milner, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x165581

Alfred Milner, Viscount Milner

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG x165581

Sir (Cecil Frederick) Nevil Macready, 1st Bt, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x28302

Sir (Cecil Frederick) Nevil Macready, 1st Bt

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG x28302

Randall Thomas Davidson, Baron Davidson of Lambeth, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x167012

Randall Thomas Davidson, Baron Davidson of Lambeth

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG x167012

Sir William Crookes, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x166879

Sir William Crookes

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG x166879

John Poynder Dickson-Poynder, 1st Baron Islington, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x168554

John Poynder Dickson-Poynder, 1st Baron Islington

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG x168554

Sir Edward John Poynter, 1st Bt, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x159731

Sir Edward John Poynter, 1st Bt

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG x159731

Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x159834

Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG x159834

Willie Redmond, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x159848

Willie Redmond

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG x159848

John Mackinnon Robertson, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x159966

John Mackinnon Robertson

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG x159966

Lionel Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x185031

Lionel Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG x185031

Henry John Brinsley Manners, 8th Duke of Rutland, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x185082

Henry John Brinsley Manners, 8th Duke of Rutland

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG x185082

Sir Robert Dundas Whigham, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x186099

Sir Robert Dundas Whigham

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG x186099

Sir John Arthur Ransome Marriott, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x186495

Sir John Arthur Ransome Marriott

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG x186495

William Ferguson Massey, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x186538

William Ferguson Massey

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, circa 1916
NPG x186538

Sir Evan Eyare Carter, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x162830

Sir Evan Eyare Carter

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1917
NPG x162830

Lord (Albert) Edward Wilfred Gleichen, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x162836

Lord (Albert) Edward Wilfred Gleichen

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1917
NPG x162836

Sir Thomas Erskine Holland, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x162842

Sir Thomas Erskine Holland

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1917
NPG x162842

Sir Derek William George Keppel, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x162846

Sir Derek William George Keppel

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1917
NPG x162846

Sir Derek William George Keppel, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x162847

Sir Derek William George Keppel

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1917
NPG x162847

Arthur Foley Winnington Ingram, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x162964

Arthur Foley Winnington Ingram

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1917
NPG x162964

John George Adami, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x163410

John George Adami

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1917
NPG x163410

Sir Henry Edward Fane Goold-Adams, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x163413

Sir Henry Edward Fane Goold-Adams

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1917
NPG x163413

Rodolph Ladeveze Adlercron, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x163434

Rodolph Ladeveze Adlercron

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1917
NPG x163434

Alfred William Alcock, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x163463

Alfred William Alcock

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1917
NPG x163463

Sir Edwin Alfred Hervey Alderson, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x163468

Sir Edwin Alfred Hervey Alderson

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1917
NPG x163468

Samuel Alexander, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x163481

Samuel Alexander

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1917
NPG x163481

Sir Charles Frederick Arden-Close, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x163645

Sir Charles Frederick Arden-Close

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1917
NPG x163645

Edward Armstrong, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x163661

Edward Armstrong

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1917
NPG x163661