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Arthur James Balfour (1848–1930), 1st Earl of Balfour, OM, KG, PC, FBA, FRS

Photo credit: British Academy

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Arthur Balfour was a founding Fellow of the British Academy. He was well known as a philosopher before entering Parliament in 1874. He served in Salisbury’s cabinet from 1886 and was Prime Minister from 1902 to 1905. As Premier he was primarily concerned with defence issues and foreign policy, and is probably best remembered for the Balfour Declaration (1917), recommending a national homeland for the Jewish people in Palestine.

British Academy


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    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    88.5 x 69.5 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    gift from Sir Charles Wakefield, 1927


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