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Viscount Knebworth
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From: Matt Davies  
Date:   Fri, 21 Jun 2002   

Edward Antony James Bulwer-Lytton, Viscount Knebworth (1903-1933) was drawn in 1910. [He would have been 8 years old at the time of this drawing.]  This portrait is from Antony (Viscount Knebworth): A Record of Youth, by his father, The Earl of Lytton, with a forward by J.M. Barrie.  (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936).  I have also never seen this one reproduced other that in that book. 

Antony (as he was known), Viscount Knebworth, was born in 1903 in London,  son of Victor, the Second Earl of Lytton, and his wife Pamela Chichele-Plowden (who at one time had been unofficially engaged to the young Winston Churchill).  He was christened at the Chapel Royal, St. James's, and named Edward for his godfather, King Edward VII and James for his second godfather, Viscount Cranborne (late the Marquess of Salisbury). In 1911 he served as Page to Prince Arthur of Connaught at the Coronation of King George V.  He attended Eton (1916-1922) and Oxford (1922-1925), after which he sailed to India to join his family, as his father had been appointed to serve the Viceroy there in 1922.  The family returned to England in 1926, and, after a brief stint with a stock brokerage in The City (the term for London's financial district at that time), Antony moved on to work in the Education department of the Central Conservative Office. In May 1929 he contested the borough of Shoreditch, a Labour Stronghold, and was defeated.  In 1931 he joined the Auxiliary Air Force and started to train as a pilot.  That same year, he was returned as member of Parliament (MP) for Hitchin.  In 1932 he qualified as an air pilot, "got his wings," and bought a Moth airplane.  His life was cut tragically short by a plane crash the following year (1933). 

Special thanks to Matt Davies, of Kansas City, a friend of the JSS Gallery, for sending me notes regarding this image. 

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