Arthur James Balfour (1848-1930) was a pivotal figure in British politics from the 1880s to the late 1920s.
Portrait of Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour by John Singer Sargent, 1908
© National Portrait Gallery
- Oil on canvas
- 256.5 x 147.3 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £277,000 ( Total: £900,000)
- Acquired in:
- Carlton Club
He was Prime Minister from 1902-1905. During his time as Foreign Secretary from 1916-1919 he oversaw the Balfour Declaration which supported the establishment of a home for the Jewish people in Palestine. Sargent portrays him as a sad philosopher and a sad statesman. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.
Commissioned by the Carlton Club, London.