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AUTOGRAPHS OF BRITISH PRIME MINISTERS

For aesthetic reasons or, perhaps, just to be contrary, we have organised autographs of Prime Ministers in order of their dates of first holding office. The political office of Prime Minister in the United Kingdom is one that has evolved over a period of time and the term Prime Minister, although in Parliamentary use in the 19th century was not given official recognition in the Order of Precedence until 1905.  The office of Prime Minister is generally synonymous with that of the First Lord of the Treasury.  It is generally accepted that the list of British Prime Ministers begins with Sir Robert Walpole who led the Governent from 1721 to 1742. Up to and including the General Election of 2010, there have been 74 Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom.  These include some of the greatest political figures on the world stage, such as Winston Churchill, William Pitt, Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone but also some lesser known and even obscure figures who made little mark on the pages of history.  Some Prime Ministers, such as the Duke of Wellington, had successful careers in other fields and the Duke's autograph is also in demand by collectors of military autographs.  Owen & Barlow's autographs in this category include the wives and family of Prime Ministers.

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W. E. GLADSTONE (1809-1898) Autograph Letter Signed
W. E. GLADSTONE (1809-1898) Autograph Letter Signed

WILLIAM EWART GLADSTONE autograph Letter signed. British Liberal Statesman who was four times Prime Minister (1868-74, 1880-85, 1886 and 1892-94).   ALS. 2pp and integral blank leaf. Printed letterhead of 10 Downing Street struck through and the address 1 C[arlton] Gardens added in his hand.  August 20th 1892. To [William] Woodall.  Together with a fine contemporary portrait photograph.   "I have now the pleasure of requesting with the full concurrence of Mr. Campbell-Bannerman, that you will assume in my new administration the office of Financial Secretary of the War Department, with a portion of the duties of which you are already.....

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W. E. GLADSTONE (1809-1898) Autograph Letter Signed
W. E. GLADSTONE (1809-1898) Autograph Letter Signed

WILLIAM EWART GLADSTONE AUTOGRAPH Letter Signed British Liberal statesman who was four times Prime Minister (1868-74, 1880-86, 1886 and 1892-94).   ALS. 3pp. 11 Carlton House Terrace, S.W. June 15th 1863.  To Mr. Grenfell. Together with a fine contemporary portrait photograph.   "Notwithstanding the hesitation which arose in my mind on account of my very particular admiration of Mr. Wedgewood as one of the greatest men in the history of British art (so far as my very imperfect means of judgement go) I am sorry to find the difficulty which I mentioned to you is stubborn and insurmountable. The invitation I.....

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W. E. GLADSTONE (1809-1898) Autograph Letter Signed
W. E. GLADSTONE (1809-1898) Autograph Letter Signed

WILLIAM EWART GLADSTONE autograph Letter Signed. British Liberal Statesman who was four times prime minister (1868-74, 1880-85, 1886 and 1892-94).   ALS. 2pp plus integral blank leaf. 10 Downing Street, Whitehall. February 21st 1885. To W[illiam] Woodhall. Together with a fine contemporary portrait photograph of Gladstone.   "Leveson-Gower has mentioned to me your conversation with him the other day on the subject of the possibility of your obtaining facilities for bringing on your Bill. I am afraid I cannot give you any encouragement in this head. The present demands upon the time at the disposal of the House of Commons are such.....

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LORD ROSEBERY (1847-1929) Autograph Letter Signed
LORD ROSEBERY (1847-1929) Autograph Letter Signed

ARCHIBALD PHILIP PRIMROSE, 5th EARL OF ROSEBERY AUTOGRAPH Letter Signed British Liberal Prime Minister (1894-1895).   ALS. 3pp. Dalmeny Park, Edinburgh. November 6th 1896. To [William] Woodall. Together with fine contemporary portrait PHOTOGRAPH.   "I am extremely obliged to you for your valuable speech, and specially grateful for the personal expressions with which you enclose it; which I value all the more as we have not been so much thrown together as I would wish. No one knows better than those, like myself, who have never enjoyed it, what the cordial comradeship of the House of Commons means to a.....

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HENRY CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN (1836-1908) Autograph Letter Signed
HENRY CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN (1836-1908) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR HENRY CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN Autograph LETTER Signed. British Liberal Prime Minister (1905-1908).   ALS. 2pp and integral blank leaf. War Office. 20th August 1892. To [William] Woodall. Together with a fine portrait photograph of Campbell-Bannerman.   "At last! I am able to communicate with you. I hope you will be willing to come to your former haunts, in accordance with the invitation Mr. Gladstone has sent you.  I shall be delighted to have you as a colleague and I am sure everyone here will welcome you. I expect to be at my house all the afternoon, and shall be glad if you.....

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H. H. ASQUITH (1852-1928) Autograph Letter Signed
H. H. ASQUITH (1852-1928) Autograph Letter Signed

HERBERT HENRY ASQUITH AUTOGRAPH Letter Signed British Liberal Prime Minister (1908-1916). The longest serving Prime Minister of the the 20th Century, until Margaret Thatcher.   ALS.  3pp. Printed letterhead of 1 Paper Buildings, Temple, London E.C. struck through and with handwritten address 20 Cavendish Square.  9th December, 1903.  To [Sir Frank] Brown.   "Many thanks for your letter and kind invitation. Mr Mendl has doubtless already told you that the meeting of Parliament having been fixed for Feb 2nd, I am obliged to postpone my visit to Stockton to a later date. I am afraid in any case I should.....

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H. H. ASQUITH (1852-1928) Photograph Signed
H. H. ASQUITH (1852-1928) Photograph Signed

H. H. ASQUITH Photograph SIGNED. British Liberal Prime Minister (1908-1916).   Photograph Signed (as Earl of Oxford).  A nice image of an urbane looking Asquith by R. Haines, taken towards the end of his long and illustrious political career. The portrait is a real photo post-card by Beagles.  Asquith has signed as "Oxford" over his printed name in the lower white border.   Approx 5.5 x 3.5 inches. Fine.   Asquith was a successful peace-time Prime Minister and, until Margaret Thatcher, was the longest continuously serving Prime Minister of the 20th Century.  He was however seen as a hesitant and.....

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GBP125.00
DAVID LLOYD GEORGE (1863-1945) Photograph Signed
DAVID LLOYD GEORGE (1863-1945) Photograph Signed

DAVID LLOYD GEORGE Photograph Signed. British (Welsh) Statesman and Prime Minister (1916-1922).   Photograph Signed. The half length portrait shows Lloyd George in typical pose, with a slightly mischievous, truculent and forthright look at the camera. It recalls the words of Margot Asquith who said of him "he never could see a belt without hitting below it".  The portrait by Vandyk, London is a real photo post-card by Beagles. Lloyd George's Autograph signature is written boldly across the foot of the image.   Approx 5.5 x 3.5 inches. Slight crease to top edge and small pin hole at top left.....

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GBP325.00
DAVID LLOYD GEORGE (1863-1945) Typed Letter Signed
DAVID LLOYD GEORGE (1863-1945) Typed Letter Signed

DAVID LLOYD GEORGE Typed LETTER Signed. British (Welsh) Statesman and Prime Minister (1916-1922).   TLS. 1p. 18 Abingdon Street, Westminster, S.W.1.  10th April 1924. To Henry Woodall.   "I very much regret I cannot be at Llandudno with my friend Dr. Macnamara on Friday. I have promised to take a meeting in Edinburgh which was to have been addressed by Mr. ASQUITH, but which unfortunately he cannot attend owing to his health. I know from my experience of the speaker of the evening that you will have a fine treat in store for you and that you will have an.....

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STANLEY BALDWIN (1867-1947) Photograph Signed
STANLEY BALDWIN (1867-1947) Photograph Signed

STANLEY BALDWIN PHOTOGRAPH Signed. British Conservative politician and three times Prime Minister (1923-24, 1924-29 and 1935-37).   Photograph Signed. The portrait shows Stanley Baldwin half-length, directly facing the camera with confident, steady gaze.  The portrait by Vandyk Studios is a real photo post-card by Beagles, signed boldly across the foot of the image.   Approx 5.5 x 3.5 inches. Fine.   A pleasing image. Stanley Baldwin dominated British politics between the wars. His governments saw the abdication crisis of Edward VIII the crisis over Hitler's occupation of the Rhineland, the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War and the depression and high unemployment of.....

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GBP175.00
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