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Ellen Terry (1847-1928), Actress

Dame Ellen Alice Terry

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 159 portraits
Born in Coventry where her actor parents were on tour. Terry was one of eleven siblings and won fame as a child first appearing on stage in 1856 with Charles Kean. Married the painter G.F. Watts in 1864 but separated within a year. Terry had two children by the architect Edward Godwin, Edith Craig and Edward Gordon Craig. Returned to stage in 1872 to establish herself as a leading actress with the Bancroft's and John Hare's company. She performed her most memorable roles under the management of Henry Irving with whom she undertook provincial tours and toured America seven times. In later life she continued to act but also produced plays, lectured and wrote.

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6568

Ellen Terry as Nance Oldfield

by James Ferrier Pryde
oil and varnish on card laid on board, circa 1894
NPG 6568

3662

Ellen Terry

by Cyril Roberts
charcoal and bodycolour, 1923
NPG 3662

x16990

Ellen Terry as Desdemona in 'Othello'

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG x16990

x18489

The Green Room

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen print, 11 May 1867
On display at Watts Gallery, Compton, Surrey, UK in the exhibition Ellen Terry: The Artists’ Actress
NPG x18489

x197168

Ellen Terry

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, mid 1870s
NPG x197168

Ax18156

Ellen Terry as Philippa Chester in 'The Wandering Heir'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1874
NPG Ax18156

Ax18157

Ellen Terry as Philippa Chester in 'The Wandering Heir'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1874
NPG Ax18157

x135885

'Ladies of the London Stage'

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, published 1875
NPG x135885

Ax7600

Ellen Terry

by Window & Grove
woodburytype, 1876
NPG Ax7600

x16986

Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia'

by Window & Grove
albumen cabinet card, 1878
NPG x16986

x16987

Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia'

by Window & Grove
albumen cabinet card, 1878
NPG x16987

x16971

Ellen Terry as Ophelia in 'Hamlet'

by Window & Grove
albumen cabinet card, circa 1878
NPG x16971