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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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D36453

Sir Henry Irving

by Sir William Rothenstein
lithograph, 1898
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D20932

Sir Henry Irving

by Sir William Rothenstein
lithograph, 1898
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D32972

Sir Henry Irving

published by William Heinemann, after Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson
lithographic reproduction of a hand-coloured woodcut, published 1899
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D36457

Sir Henry Irving

after Charles Buchel (Karl August Büchel), and after John Hassall
lithograph, early 20th century
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D93

Sir Henry Irving as Thomas à Beckett in 'Becket'

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1898, published in Some Victorian Men 1924
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Ax7601

Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype, 1879 or before
NPG Ax7601

x197945

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

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

x136571

Sir Henry Irving

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

Ax41235

Sir Henry Irving as Cardinal Wolsey

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

Ax137401

Sir Henry Irving

by Window & Grove
bromide postcard print, circa 1903
NPG Ax137401

Ax137402

Sir Henry Irving

by William Crooke
carbon print, 1904
NPG Ax137402