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Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905), Actor-manager

Sir Henry Irving (John Henry Brodribb)

Sitter in 118 portraits
Actor; first achieved success on the London stage in the 1860s and, in 1867, played for the first time with Ellen Terry, beginning their famous theatrical association. He established his reputation as a tragedian with his Hamlet at the Lyceum in 1874 and played many Shakespearean and classic roles in a style which was individual and controversial, but which held audiences spellbound. A great manager as well as actor, Irving organized several American and Canadian tours, received many honours, and was the first actor to be knighted.

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5400

Sir Henry Irving as Alfred Jingle

attributed to Henry Courtney Selous
sepia wash
NPG 5400

6251(28)

Sir Henry Irving

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1870-1871
NPG 6251(28)

1560

Sir Henry Irving

by Jules Bastien-Lepage
oil on canvas, 1880
On display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1560

1611

Sir Henry Irving

by Philip William ('Phil') May
pen and ink, circa 1880s
NPG 1611

3471

Sir Henry Irving

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3471

6251(29)

Sir Henry Irving

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, circa 1881
NPG 6251(29)

5073

Sir Henry Irving

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, 1883
NPG 5073

5689

Sir Henry Irving

copy by (Edward) Onslow Ford
bronze bust, 1883-1884
On display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5689

1453

Sir Henry Irving

by Harry M. Allen, after Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
oil on canvas, (circa 1884)
NPG 1453

4095(6)

Sir Henry Irving

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, circa 1885-1923
NPG 4095(6)

3538

Sir Henry Irving

by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.')
silhouette
NPG 3538

3679

Sir Henry Irving

by Philip William ('Phil') May
pencil, 1899
NPG 3679

3680

Sir Henry Irving

by Philip William ('Phil') May
pencil, 1899
NPG 3680

3681

Sir Henry Irving

by Philip William ('Phil') May
pencil, 1899
NPG 3681

P143

Sir Henry Irving

by Eveleen Myers (née Tennant)
platinum print, published 1900
NPG P143

6567

Sir Henry Irving as Dubosc in 'The Lyons Mail'

by James Ferrier Pryde
pencil and gouache on paper laid on board, circa 1906
NPG 6567

Ax46233

Sir Henry Irving

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax46233

Ax17874

Sir Henry Irving

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax17874

Ax28579

Sir Henry Irving

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax28579

Ax18153

Sir Henry Irving

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870
NPG Ax18153

Ax18154

Sir Henry Irving

by Fradelle & Leach
albumen carte-de-visite, 1872
NPG Ax18154

Ax18155

Sir Henry Irving as Mathias in 'The Bells'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1872
NPG Ax18155

x17932

Sir Henry Irving

by Fradelle & Leach, published by Figaro Office
woodburytype, 1872
NPG x17932

x160516

Sir Henry Irving (John Henry Brodribb) as 'King Charles I'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, published by J. Beagles & Co
matte bromide postcard print, 1873
NPG x160516

x3676

Sir Henry Irving

by Joshua James Foster, for Dickinson Brothers & Foster
albumen cabinet card, 1876
NPG x3676

x12128

Sir Henry Irving

by Joshua James Foster, for Dickinson Brothers & Foster
albumen cabinet card, 1876
NPG x12128

x132955

Group of 29 actors

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, late 1870s
NPG x132955

x17925

Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 August 1878
NPG x17925

Ax28263

Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 August 1878
NPG Ax28263

Ax137399

Sir Henry Irving as Shylock in 'The Merchant of Venice'

by Edward Lyddell Sawyer, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, published after 1901 (1879)
NPG Ax137399

Ax137405

Sir Henry Irving

by Edward Lyddell Sawyer, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1879?, published after 1901
NPG Ax137405

x12129

Sir Henry Irving

by Samuel Alexander Walker
albumen cabinet card, 1879
NPG x12129

x17924

Sir Henry Irving as Shylock in 'The Merchant of Venice'

by Virtue & Co, after Edward Lyddell Sawyer
photogravure, 1879
NPG x17924

x17929

Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype on card mount, 1879 or before
NPG x17929

x17935

Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype on card mount, 1879 or before
NPG x17935

Ax45749

Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Hardwicke & Bogue
woodburytype, published 1879
NPG Ax45749

x17927

Sir Henry Irving

by Unknown photographer
carbon print, 1880s
NPG x17927

x46688

Sir Henry Irving

by Window & Grove
albumen cabinet card, 1880s
NPG x46688

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