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

Sir Henry Irving (John Henry Brodribb)

Sitter in 116 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 London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870
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Sir Henry Irving

by Fradelle & Leach
albumen carte-de-visite, 1872
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Sir Henry Irving as Mathias in 'The Bells'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1872
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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
bromide postcard print, published after 1901 (1879)
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Sir Henry Irving

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

by Window & Grove
albumen cabinet card, 1880s
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