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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 Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1892
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Sir Henry Irving

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, (1892)
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Sir Henry Irving as Cardinal Wolsey in 'Henry VIII'

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1893 (circa 1892)
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Sir Henry Irving as Thomas à Beckett in 'Becket'

by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio), published by T. Fisher Unwin
photogravure, published 1893
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Sir Henry Irving

published by Ogden's
cigarette card, published circa 1894-1907
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Sir Henry Irving

by Window & Grove
albumen cabinet card, 1895
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Sir Henry Irving

by Window & Grove
carbon print, published 1 March 1895
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Sir Henry Irving

by Window & Grove
carbon print, published 1 March 1895
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Sir Henry Irving

by Window & Grove
platinum print, circa 1898
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Sir Henry Irving

by Ernest Walter Histed
vintage postcard print, 1899
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Sir Henry Irving

by Art Photogravure Co Ltd, after Ernest Walter Histed
photogravure, (1899)
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Sir Henry Irving

by Ernest Walter Histed
platinum print, 1899
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Sir Henry Irving

by Ernest Walter Histed, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, published after 1901 (1899)
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Sir Henry Irving

by Eveleen Myers (née Tennant)
silver gelatin developing-out paper print, early-mid 1900s
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Sir Henry Irving

by Eveleen Myers (née Tennant)
silver gelatin developing-out paper print, early-mid 1900s
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Sir Henry Irving

by Window & Grove
bromide postcard print, circa 1903
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Sir Henry Irving

by Unknown photographer
albumen print
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Sir Henry Irving

by Thomas Oldham Barlow, after Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
mezzotint
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