Rare Mezzotint on india laid paper, signed engraver's proof, 520 x 390mm. 20½ x 15¼". Crease to image lower right; some loss of india surface below image.
Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour (1848 - 1930), Prime Minister and philosopher. Balfour first made his mark as a philosopher, publishing A Defence of Philosophic Doubt in 1879. He entered politics in 1874 through the patronage of his uncle, Lord Salisbury. He succeeded Salisbury as prime minister in 1902 but was unable to keep together a party divided by issues of Free Trade and Protectionism. He resigned in December 1905. During the First World War, he worked as First Lord of the Admiralty and, from 1916 to 1919, as Foreign Secretary. The Balfour Declaration of November 1917 gave British support to 'the establishment in Palestine of a home for the Jewish people'. Balfour continued in politics until the age of eighty: he had served for twenty-seven years as a member of the cabinet. The oil painting by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836 - 1912), exhibited 1891, is on display in the Dining Room at Bodelwyddan Castle n Denbighshire, North Wales.
See NPG: 2949.
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