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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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x17923

Sir Henry Irving as Cardinal Wolsey in 'Henry VIII'

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

x12558

Sir Henry Irving

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1892
NPG x12558

x82277

Sir Henry Irving

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, (1892)
NPG x82277

Ax16147

Sir Henry Irving as Cardinal Wolsey in 'Henry VIII'

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1893 (circa 1892)
NPG Ax16147

x197317

Sir Henry Irving as Thomas à Beckett in 'Becket'

by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio)
albumen cabinet card, 1893
NPG x197317

x197318

Sir Henry Irving as Thomas à Beckett in 'Becket'

by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio)
albumen cabinet card, 1893
NPG x197318

Ax29148

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
NPG Ax29148

x197017

Sir Henry Irving

published by Ogden's
cigarette card, published circa 1894-1907
NPG x197017

x22245

Sir Henry Irving

by Window & Grove
albumen cabinet card, 1895
NPG x22245

x17926

Sir Henry Irving

by Window & Grove
carbon print, published 1 March 1895
NPG x17926

Ax28874

Sir Henry Irving

by Window & Grove
carbon print, published 1 March 1895
NPG Ax28874

Ax41235

Sir Henry Irving as Cardinal Wolsey

by W. & D. Downey, photogravure by Walker & Boutall
photogravure, 1897; published 1899
NPG Ax41235

x19009

Sir Henry Irving

by Window & Grove
platinum print, circa 1898
NPG x19009

Ax45814

Sir Henry Irving

by Ernest Walter Histed
postcard print, 1899
NPG Ax45814

x12132

Sir Henry Irving

by Art Photogravure Co Ltd, after Ernest Walter Histed
photogravure, (1899)
NPG x12132

x12131

Sir Henry Irving

by Ernest Walter Histed
platinum print, 1899
NPG x12131

Ax137406

Sir Henry Irving

by Ernest Walter Histed, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, published after 1901 (1899)
NPG Ax137406

Ax68781

Sir Henry Irving

by Eveleen Myers (née Tennant)
silver gelatin developing-out paper print, early-mid 1900s
NPG Ax68781

x19818

Sir Henry Irving

by Eveleen Myers (née Tennant)
silver gelatin developing-out paper print, early-mid 1900s
NPG x19818

x17928

Sir Henry Irving

by Window & Grove
bromide postcard print, circa 1903
NPG x17928

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