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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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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

Ax17711

Sir Henry Irving

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

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Sir Henry Irving

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

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

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

Ax5413

Sir Henry Irving

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

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Sir Henry Irving

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

Ax137403

Sir Henry Irving

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

x12130

Sir Henry Irving

by Warwick Brookes
platinum print, 1888
NPG x12130

x12127

Sir Henry Irving

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

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Sir Henry Irving

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

Ax9334

Sir Henry Irving

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

x17931

Sir Henry Irving

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

x17934

Sir Henry Irving

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

x19631

Sir Henry Irving

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

x127444

Sir Henry Irving

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

x127920

Sir Henry Irving

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1892
NPG x127920

x134583

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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