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Sir Henry Irving

(1838-1905), Actor-manager

Sir Henry Irving (John Henry Brodribb)

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 119 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 Jules Bastien-Lepage - NPG 1560

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Harry M. Allen, after  Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt - NPG 1453

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.') - NPG 3538

Sir Henry Irving

by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.')
silhouette, late 1890s
NPG 3538

Sir Henry Irving, by Eveleen Myers (née Tennant) - NPG P143

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, copy by (Edward) Onslow Ford - NPG 5689

Sir Henry Irving

copy by (Edward) Onslow Ford
bronze bust, circa 1906-1907 (circa 1883-1884)
On display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5689

Sir Henry Irving as Dubosc in 'The Lyons Mail', by James Ferrier Pryde - NPG 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

Sir Henry Irving, by Harry Furniss - NPG 4095(6)

Sir Henry Irving

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, published circa 1913-1916
NPG 4095(6)

Sir Henry Irving, by Lock & Whitfield - NPG x17929

Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype on card mount, circa early 1870s
NPG x17929

Sir Henry Irving, by Lock & Whitfield - NPG x17935

Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype on card mount, circa early 1870s
NPG x17935

Sir Henry Irving, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax46233

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax17874

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax28579

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Hardwicke & Bogue - NPG Ax45749

Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Hardwicke & Bogue
woodburytype, circa early 1870s; published 1879
NPG Ax45749

Sir Henry Irving, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax18153

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Fradelle & Leach - NPG Ax18154

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving as Mathias in 'The Bells', by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax18155

Sir Henry Irving as Mathias in 'The Bells'

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Fradelle & Leach, published by  Figaro Office - NPG x17932

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving (John Henry Brodribb) as 'King Charles I', by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG 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

Sir Henry Irving, by Joshua James Foster, for  Dickinson Brothers & Foster - NPG x3676

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Joshua James Foster, for  Dickinson Brothers & Foster - NPG x12128

Sir Henry Irving

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

Group of 29 actors, after Lock & Whitfield, and  Elliott & Fry, and  Fradelle & Marshall, and  Pierre Petit, and  Louis Bertin, and  Unknown photographers - NPG x132955

Group of 29 actors

after Lock & Whitfield, and Elliott & Fry, and Fradelle & Marshall, and Pierre Petit, and Louis Bertin, and Unknown photographers
woodburytype, late 1870s
NPG x132955

Sir Henry Irving, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG x17925

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax28263

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving as Shylock in 'The Merchant of Venice', by Edward Lyddell Sawyer, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG 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

Sir Henry Irving, by Edward Lyddell Sawyer, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG Ax137405

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Samuel Alexander Walker - NPG x12129

Sir Henry Irving

by Samuel Alexander Walker
albumen cabinet card, 1879
NPG x12129

Sir Henry Irving as Shylock in 'The Merchant of Venice', by Virtue & Co, after  Edward Lyddell Sawyer - NPG x17924

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

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Unknown photographer - NPG x17927

Sir Henry Irving

by Unknown photographer
carbon print, 1880s
NPG x17927

Sir Henry Irving, by Window & Grove - NPG x46688

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Unknown photographer - NPG x17930

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Lock & Whitfield - NPG x22244

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington - NPG Ax17711

Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1883
NPG Ax17711

Sir Henry Irving, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington - NPG x17933

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving as Dr Primrose, the Vicar of Wakefield, in 'Olivia', by Window & Grove, published by  Rapid Photo Co - NPG Ax137398

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

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

Sir Henry Irving as Mephistopheles in 'Faust', by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after  Sir (John) Bernard Partridge - NPG Ax137400

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

Sir Henry Irving as Dr Primrose; Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia', by Window & Grove, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x197945

Sir Henry Irving as Dr Primrose; Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia'

by Window & Grove, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1885; published 1900s
NPG x197945

Sir Henry Irving, by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Richard Bentley & Son - NPG Ax5413

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Warwick Brookes - NPG x136571

Sir Henry Irving

by Warwick Brookes
halftone reproduction tear sheet, 1888, published 19 April 1905
NPG x136571

Sir Henry Irving, by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG Ax137403

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG Ax137404

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Warwick Brookes - NPG x12130

Sir Henry Irving

by Warwick Brookes
platinum print, 1888
NPG x12130

Sir Henry Irving, by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Richard Bentley & Son - NPG x12127

Sir Henry Irving

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Richard Bentley & Son
carbon print, published 1888
NPG x12127

Sir Henry Irving, by Herbert Rose Barraud - NPG x12126

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Warwick Brookes, published by  Strand Publishing Company - NPG Ax9334

Sir Henry Irving

by Warwick Brookes, published by Strand Publishing Company
carbon print, 1888, published 1 January 1889
NPG Ax9334

Sir Henry Irving, by Walker & Boutall, possibly after  Sir Emery Walker - NPG x17931

Sir Henry Irving

by Walker & Boutall, possibly after Sir Emery Walker
photogravure, 1890s
NPG x17931

Sir Henry Irving, by Alfred Ellis - NPG x17934

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x19631

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x127444

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x127920

Sir Henry Irving

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1892
NPG x127920

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