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

Sir Henry Irving (John Henry Brodribb)

Sitter associated with 115 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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Sir Henry Irving

by Henry Courtney Selous
sepia wash
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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

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Sir Henry Irving

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
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Sir Henry Irving

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink
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Sir Henry Irving

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink
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Sir Henry Irving

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, circa 1882
NPG 5073

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Sir Henry Irving

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

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Sir Henry Irving

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

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Sir Henry Irving

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

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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
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Sir Henry Irving

by Philip William ('Phil') May
pencil, 1899
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Sir Henry Irving

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

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Sir Henry Irving

by Eveleen Myers (nee Tennant)
platinum print, early-mid 1900s
NPG P143

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Sir Henry Irving as Dubosc in 'The Lyons Mail'

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

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Sir Henry Irving

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
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Sir Henry Irving

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
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Sir Henry Irving

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

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Sir Henry Irving as Mathias in 'The Bells'

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

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Sir Henry Irving

by Fradelle & Leach, published by Figaro Office
woodburytype, 1872
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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
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Sir Henry Irving

by Joshua James Foster, for Dickinson Brothers & Foster
albumen cabinet card, 1876
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Sir Henry Irving

by Joshua James Foster, for Dickinson Brothers & Foster
albumen cabinet card, 1876
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Group of 29 actors

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, late 1870s
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Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 August 1878
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Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 August 1878
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Sir Henry Irving as Shylock in 'The Merchant of Venice'

by Edward Lyddell Sawyer, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
vintage bromide postcard print, 1879; published after 1901
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Sir Henry Irving

by Edward Lyddell Sawyer, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
vintage bromide postcard print, 1879?; published after 1901
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Sir Henry Irving

by Samuel Alexander Walker
albumen cabinet card, 1879
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Sir Henry Irving as Shylock in 'The Merchant of Venice'

by Virtue & Co, after Edward Lyddell Sawyer
photogravure, 1879
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Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype on card mount, 1879 or before
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Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype on card mount, 1879 or before
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Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Hardwicke & Bogue
woodburytype, published 1879
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Sir Henry Irving

by Unknown photographer
carbon print, 1880s
NPG x17927

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Sir Henry Irving

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

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Sir Henry Irving

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, 1880s
NPG x17930

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Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield
albumen cabinet card, circa 1883
NPG x22244

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Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1883
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Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1883
NPG x17933

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Sir Henry Irving as Dr Primrose, the Vicar of Wakefield, in 'Olivia'

by Window & Grove, published by Rapid Photo Co
vintage bromide postcard print, 1885; published 1902-1905
NPG Ax137398

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Sir Henry Irving as Mephistopheles in 'Faust'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after Sir (John) Bernard Partridge
hand-coloured albumen cabinet card, circa 1885
NPG Ax137400

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Sir Henry Irving

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Richard Bentley & Son
carbon print on card mount, published 1888
NPG Ax5413

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Sir Henry Irving

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
vintage bromide postcard print, circa 1888; published after 1901
NPG Ax137403

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Sir Henry Irving

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
vintage bromide postcard print, circa 1888; published after 1901
NPG Ax137404

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Sir Henry Irving

by Warwick Brookes
platinum print on card mount, 1888
NPG x12130

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Sir Henry Irving

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Richard Bentley & Son
carbon print on card mount, published 1888
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Sir Henry Irving

by Herbert Rose Barraud
albumen cabinet card, circa 1888
NPG x12126

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Sir Henry Irving

by Warwick Brookes, published by Strand Publishing Company
carbon print, 1888; published 1 January 1889
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Sir Henry Irving

by Walker & Boutall, possibly after Sir Emery Walker
photogravure, 1890s
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Sir Henry Irving

by Alfred Ellis
woodburytype large format print, 1890s
NPG x17934

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Sir Henry Irving

by Sir Emery Walker
half-plate glass negative, 1890s
NPG x19631

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Sir Henry Irving

by Elliott & Fry
chlorobromide print on cream card mount, 1892
NPG x127444

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Sir Henry Irving

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1892
NPG x127920

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Sir Henry Irving as Cardinal Wolsey in 'Henry VIII'

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, circa 1892; published 1893
NPG x134583

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Sir Henry Irving as Cardinal Wolsey in 'Henry VIII'

by W. & D. Downey, copy by Virtue & Co
photogravure, circa 1892
NPG x17923