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Naval Officers of World War Ilocked

  • Andrew Lambert

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As the First World War drew to a close, British-educated South African financier Sir Abraham ‘Abe’ Bailey, resident in London, raised the idea of presenting two pictures of the leading men of the conflict, civil and military, to the National Portrait Gallery. Bailey's agenda was imperial, a concern reflected in his suggested titles and the specific South African focus. He was anxious to demonstrate that war had found the British empire united, notably by bringing into its ranks and counsels Boer leaders such as ...

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