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Ellen Terry (1847-1928), Actress

Dame Ellen Alice Terry

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 157 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

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

x16976

Ellen Terry as Ophelia in 'Hamlet'

by Window & Grove
albumen cabinet card cropped to carte-de-visite size, circa 1878
NPG x16976

Ax131300

Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia'

by Window & Grove
platinum print, 1878, published 1906
NPG Ax131300

Ax131301

Ellen Terry as Ophelia in 'Hamlet'

by Window & Grove
platinum print, 1878, published 1906
NPG Ax131301

Ax28262

Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia'

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 August 1878
NPG Ax28262

x26807

Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia'

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype, published 1 August 1878
NPG x26807

Ax160172

Ellen Terry as Ophelia in 'Hamlet'

by Window & Grove
matte bromide postcard print, (circa 1878)
NPG Ax160172

x16989

Ellen Terry as Portia in 'The Merchant of Venice'

by Window & Grove, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1900s (1879)
NPG x16989

Ax131302

Ellen Terry as Portia in 'The Merchant of Venice'

by Window & Grove
platinum print, 1879, published 1906
NPG Ax131302

Ax131316

Ellen Terry as Queen Henrietta Maria in 'Charles I'

by Window & Grove
platinum print, 1879, published 1906
NPG Ax131316

Ax45744

Ellen Terry

by Window & Grove, published by Hardwicke & Bogue
woodburytype, published 1879
NPG Ax45744

x85758

Ellen Terry

by Alexander Bassano
vintage print, (1880)
NPG x85758

x85759

Ellen Terry

by Alexander Bassano
vintage print, (1880)
NPG x85759

x85760

Ellen Terry

by Alexander Bassano
vintage print, (1880)
NPG x85760

Ax131303

Ellen Terry as Iolanthe in 'Iolanthe'

by Window & Grove
platinum print, 1880, published 1906
NPG Ax131303

x26803

Ellen Terry

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen cabinet card, 1880s
NPG x26803

x26806

Ellen Terry

by Alexander Bassano
woodburytype, 1880
NPG x26806

x96389

Ellen Terry

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1880
NPG x96389

x96390

Ellen Terry

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1880
NPG x96390

x96391

Ellen Terry

by Alexander Bassano
half-plate glass negative, 1880
NPG x96391