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Society and exhibition portraits
Never speak disrespectfully of Society …
Edwardians with well-established social pedigrees who wanted to affirm their long-standing ancestry had their portraits painted in the traditional manner of earlier artists to demonstrate their continuing family tradition. Newly rich industrialists, successful business men and professionals—as well as artists, musicians and singers—sought social credibility, believing that it could be achieved through images which showed them and their families in a historical style.
The Edwardian era was also the last days of the British Empire. The young men sent by the Colonial Office to act as government officials in India, Malaya, Africa, Australia and New Zealand were proud to have their portraits painted as figures of authority.
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