James Weldon or James Welldon

Via Flickr:Original Vanity Fair Print, otherwise known as a Spy Print after the most renowned artist of the genre, Leslie Ward.

This colour lithograph is dated November 17th 1898 with the caption CALCUTTA

The subject is James Edward Cowell Weldon The Bishop Designate of Calcutta.

source Wikipedia – Welldon was born in 1854 in Tonbridge, Kent, the son of the Rev. Edward Welldon, the second master of Tonbridge School. He was educated at Eton and was named the Newcastle scholar in 1873. He went on to King’s College, Cambridge where he was academically prominent, becoming the Bell scholar in 1874 and the Browne’s medallist in 1875 and 1876. In 1877, as well as gaining his BA degree, he was the senior classical and senior chancellor’s medallist. He became a fellow in 1878 and in 1880 gained his MA degree. He had a reputation at Eton in both the College’s Wall Game and Field Game and became school captain. After school, he played as full-back in association football with the Old Etonians F.C. and took part in the first match (score 1-1 draw) of the 1876 FA Cup Final at Kennington Oval, which they ultimately lost after a replay to Wanderers when his place in team was taken by Edgar Lubbock. He also played for Upton Park and Hertfordshire Rangers and in representative matches for Essex and London. In May 1883, Welldon was appointed master of Dulwich College. In the short time he held this position he did much for the college, including the creation and institution of its school song Pueri Alleynienses which is still in use today. He resigned in July 1885 to take up the position of headmaster of Harrow School, which he held from 1885 to 1898. He was disliked by many of the masters as an autocratic administrator, but was more popular with the boys, by whom he was known as “the Porker.

“The artist signed SPY was Leslie Ward.

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