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Neg. No: (GP) 2660
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: 19-04-1901

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Sitter: Colonel Sir Edward Ridley Colborne Bradford, 1st Bt. (1836-1911).

>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.

Occasion: -

Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179 New Bond Street, London W. CK CHAIR

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 cockade hat with ostrich feathers; Metropolitan Police Commissioners' ceremonial sword, cavalry pattern with mameluke hilt.(3)

Costume Supplier: No tailor's label.

Orders, Decorations & Medals:

Star, Badge and sash of a Knight Grand Cross of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (Civil Division) [G.C.B. cr. 22 June 1897];

Star and Badge of a Knight Commander of The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India [K.C.S.I. cr. 6 June 1885];

Queen Victoria Jubilee Medal;

Queen Victoria Jubilee Medal, 1897 Metropolitan Police Issue;

India General Service Medal 1854-1895 with clasp 'Persia';

India Mutiny Medal 1857-1858 with clasp.

Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop.

Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London.

Evidence of photographer at work: -

No of poses: 2


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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.


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.

Occasion: -

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Shire Publications, 1991; N.W.H. Fairfax and V.L.H. Wilkinson, History of Metropolitan Police Uniforms and Equipment, unpublished mss., c. 1971, Metropolitan Police Museum).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.

Reproduced: -

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).