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James Culliford, Eton butler

Title Type

assigned by cataloguer


Formerly thought to be oil on board; examination in September 2021 revealed evidence of a photograph beneath the face of the sitter, suggesting this is an oil on photograph



Inscribed in ink on paper backing 'James Cullif[...]/ the last Chief Bu[...]/ at Eton College to / wear the Eton / livery. / died 1901 / aged 89 / Scene- / The College Pump / in the Cloisters / Presented to Eton by Lord Rosebery / March 1951 C.A.E. / N.B. This livery was worn up to the 2nd World War- / the last Butler to wear it being Roberts who retired in / C.A.E.'

Physical description

Black and gilt wooden frmae, with gilt fillet, glazed



late 19th century

History and association

Object history note

Provenance: Collection of Harry Primrose, 6th Earl of Rosebery (1882-1974); by whom presented to Eton College in March 1951

Exhibited: 'Six Centuries of Food & Dining at Eton College', Verey Gallery, Eton College, 14 June 2021 to 31 October 2021
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