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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 Maclure & Macdonald, published by The Pictorial World, after Samuel Alexander Walker
chromolithograph, published 13 January 1883
NPG D36456


Sir Henry Irving

by Sir William Rothenstein
lithograph, 1898
NPG D36453


Sir Henry Irving as Thomas à Beckett in 'Becket'

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


Sir Henry Irving

by Sir William Rothenstein
lithograph, 1898
NPG D20932


Sir Henry Irving

published by William Heinemann, after Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson
lithographic reproduction of a hand-coloured woodcut, published 1899
NPG D32972


Sir Henry Irving

after Charles Buchel (Karl August Büchel), and after John Hassall
lithograph, early 20th century
NPG D36457


Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype, 1879 or before
NPG Ax7601


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


Sir Henry Irving

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


Sir Henry Irving

by William Crooke
carbon print, 1904
NPG Ax137402


Sir Henry Irving (John Henry Brodribb) ('An Actor: Mr. Henry Irving. "The Bells."')

by Carlo Pellegrini
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 19 December 1874
NPG D43671


"In Vanity Fair" (King George V, Prince Arthur of Connaught and 20 others)

by Unknown artist
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 29 November 1890
NPG D44518