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‘Bobs’ - Field Marshal Lord Roberts, V.C., K.G., Signed Portrait Photograph, 1907
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‘Bobs’ - Field Marshal Lord Roberts, V.C., K.G., Signed Portrait Photograph, 1907

Measurements: Overall: 21.5cm (8.5in) x 14.5cm (5.75in)

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Sepia full length studio portrait photograph of Lord Roberts of Kabul and Kandahar (1832-1914) in full dress holding his Field Marshal’s baton in his right hand. Signed lower right ‘Roberts F.M. 1899’. Contained in a contemporary easel backed, black and gold lacquer chinoiserie frame. The easel back containing a manuscript letter in Roberts’ hand, under glass, dated ‘Englemere, Ascot, 1907’, and congratulating Sir Arthur Walsh on his appointments as Master of Ceremonies.

The office of Master of the Ceremonies was established by King James I. The Master's duties were to receive foreign dignitaries and present them to the monarch at court. The office superceded by the appointment Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps in 1920.

Arthur Henry John Walsh, 3rd Baron Ormathwaite, G.C.V.O. (1859-1937) was the eldest son of the 2nd Baron Ormathwaite and his wife, Katherine, a daughter of the 7th Duke of Beaufort. Educated at Eton, he was commissioned into 1st Life Guards from the Militia in 1878. In 1885, he entered Parliament as Conservative M.P. for Radnorshire and held the seat until his defeat by Liberal Francis Edwards in 1892. In 1890 he joined the East Kent Yeomanry, and married Lady Clementine Pratt, the only daughter of the 3rd Marquess Camden. In 1892 he became an equerry in waiting to Queen Victoria. In 1897, he was briefly Comptroller of the Household to The Duchess of Teck before her death that year and he carried her coronet at her funeral. He served as a Gentleman Usher (1902–1905) and Groom-in-Waiting (1905–1907) to King Edward VII and was Master of the Ceremonies from 1907 to 1920 and Lord Lieutenant of Radnorshire from 1917 to 1921.
 

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