BRADFORD, SIR EDWARD
Neg. No: (GP) 2660
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: 19-04-1901
Sitter: Colonel Sir Edward Ridley Colborne Bradford, 1st Bt. (1836-1911).
Biog: Army officer; political agent and intelligence officer in India; General Superintendent of Operations for suppressing Thuggee and Dacoitee; Secretary, Political and Secret Department, India Office; Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis 1890-1903.
Date: 19 April 1901.
Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179 New Bond Street, London W.
Descr: FL standing.
Costume: Metropolitan Police Commissioners' ceremonial uniform (1) of dark blue cloth (with mourning band,(2) the tunic lined with gold coloured silk and embroidered with metallic thread in leaf and berry patterns, the collar and cuffs of dark blue velvet, a small breast pocket on left side for the fastening of orders and medals, button and loop for the fastening of the left sleeve; breeches of dark blue cloth; plain military patent-leather knee boots with spurs for mounted duties; black silk hat with ostrich feathers; Metropolitan Police Commissioners' ceremonial sword, cavalry pattern with mameluke hilt.(3)
Costume Supplier: No tailor's label.
Orders, Decorations & Medals:
Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop.
Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London.
Evidence of photographer at work: -
No of poses: 2 [See neg. no. 2660]
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Biog: Dictionary of National Biography; Burke's Peerage; Who's Who; The Police Review, 2 January 1893, p 7 & 19 March 1911; The Times, 15 May 1911, p 12d.
Costume: Metropolitan Police Museum catalogue card nos. U136 & U344. (See also A.A. Clarke, Police Uniform and Equipment, Shire Publications, 1991; N.W.H. Fairfax and V.L.H. Wilkinson, History of Metropolitan Police Uniforms and Equipment, unpublished mss., c. 1971, Metropolitan Police Museum).
Costume Supplier: -
Orders, Decorations & Medals: Burke's Peerage; A.R. Litherland & B.T. Simpkin, Spinks Standard Catalogue of British and Associated Orders, Decorations & Medals, London, 1990.
Acknowledgements: Richard Sharp, Curator, Metropolitan Police Museum.
1. Dress tunic and breeches held at the Metropolitan Police Museum, C/O New Scotland Yard, London. Catalogue refs: (Ceremonial dress tunic) U136 & (breeches) U344.
2. Mourning band worn for Queen Victoria (d. 22 January 1901)
3. The first ceremonial police uniform of this type was ordered by Bradford's immediate predecessor, Sir Charles Warren, soon after his appointment in 1886 (see N.W.H. Fairfax and V.L.H.Wilkinson, History of Metropolitan Police Uniforms and Equipment, unpublished mss, c 1971).