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Ellen Terry

(1847-1928), Actress

Dame Ellen Alice Terry

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 192 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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Ellen Terry ('Choosing'), by George Frederic Watts - NPG 5048

Ellen Terry ('Choosing')

by George Frederic Watts
oil on strawboard mounted on Gatorfoam, 1864
NPG 5048

Ellen Terry, by George Frederic Watts - NPG 2274

Ellen Terry

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, circa 1864–1865
On display in the Dining Room at Bodelwyddan Castle
NPG 2274

Ellen Terry as Nance Oldfield, by James Ferrier Pryde - NPG 6568

Ellen Terry as Nance Oldfield

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

Ellen Terry, by Walford Graham Robertson - NPG 3132

Ellen Terry

by Walford Graham Robertson
oil on canvas, 1923
NPG 3132

Ellen Terry, by Cyril Roberts - NPG 3662

Ellen Terry

by Cyril Roberts
charcoal and bodycolour, 1923
NPG 3662

Charles John Kean; Ellen Terry as Leontes and Mamillius in 'The Winter's Tale', by Martin Laroche (William Henry Silvester) - NPG x7954

Charles John Kean; Ellen Terry as Leontes and Mamillius in 'The Winter's Tale'

by Martin Laroche (William Henry Silvester)
salt print, 26 April 1856
NPG x7954

Ellen Terry as Desdemona in 'Othello', by Southwell Brothers - NPG x16990

Ellen Terry as Desdemona in 'Othello'

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

The Green Room, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x18489

The Green Room

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen print, 11 May 1867
NPG x18489

Ellen Terry as Philippa Chester in 'The Wandering Heir', by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax18156

Ellen Terry as Philippa Chester in 'The Wandering Heir'

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

Ellen Terry as Philippa Chester in 'The Wandering Heir', by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax18157

Ellen Terry as Philippa Chester in 'The Wandering Heir'

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

Ellen Terry as Philippa Chester in 'The Wandering Heir', by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x197559

Ellen Terry as Philippa Chester in 'The Wandering Heir'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1874
NPG x197559

'Ladies of the London Stage', after Lock & Whitfield, and  Unknown photographers - NPG x135885

'Ladies of the London Stage'

after Lock & Whitfield, and Unknown photographers
woodburytype, published 1875
NPG x135885

Ellen Terry, by Window & Grove - NPG Ax7600

Ellen Terry

by Window & Grove
woodburytype, 1876
NPG Ax7600

Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia', by Window & Grove - NPG x16986

Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia'

by Window & Grove
albumen cabinet card, 1878
NPG x16986

Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia', by Window & Grove - NPG x16987

Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia'

by Window & Grove
albumen cabinet card, 1878
NPG x16987

Ellen Terry as Ophelia in 'Hamlet', by Window & Grove - NPG x16971

Ellen Terry as Ophelia in 'Hamlet'

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

Ellen Terry as Ophelia in 'Hamlet', by Window & Grove - NPG x16976

Ellen Terry as Ophelia in 'Hamlet'

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

Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia', by Window & Grove - NPG Ax131300

Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia'

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

Ellen Terry as Ophelia in 'Hamlet', by Window & Grove - NPG Ax131301

Ellen Terry as Ophelia in 'Hamlet'

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

Ellen Terry, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax28262

Ellen Terry

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

Ellen Terry, by Lock & Whitfield - NPG x26807

Ellen Terry

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

Ellen Terry as Ophelia in 'Hamlet', by Window & Grove - NPG Ax160172

Ellen Terry as Ophelia in 'Hamlet'

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

Ellen Terry as Portia in 'The Merchant of Venice', by Window & Grove, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x16989

Ellen Terry as Portia in 'The Merchant of Venice'

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

Ellen Terry as Portia in 'The Merchant of Venice', by Window & Grove - NPG Ax131302

Ellen Terry as Portia in 'The Merchant of Venice'

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

Ellen Terry as Queen Henrietta Maria in 'Charles I', by Window & Grove - NPG Ax131316

Ellen Terry as Queen Henrietta Maria in 'Charles I'

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

Ellen Terry, by Window & Grove, published by  Hardwicke & Bogue - NPG Ax45744

Ellen Terry

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

Ellen Terry, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x197168

Ellen Terry

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1879
NPG x197168

Ellen Terry as Queen Henrietta Maria in 'Charles I', by Window & Grove - NPG x197416

Ellen Terry as Queen Henrietta Maria in 'Charles I'

by Window & Grove
albumen cabinet card, 1879
NPG x197416

Ellen Terry as Portia in 'The Merchant of Venice', by Window & Grove, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x197943

Ellen Terry as Portia in 'The Merchant of Venice'

by Window & Grove, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1879; published 1900s
NPG x197943

Ellen Terry, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x85758

Ellen Terry

by Alexander Bassano
bromide print, (1880)
NPG x85758

Ellen Terry, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x85759

Ellen Terry

by Alexander Bassano
bromide print, (1880)
NPG x85759

Ellen Terry, by Alexander Bassano - NPG x85760

Ellen Terry

by Alexander Bassano
bromide print, (1880)
NPG x85760

Ellen Terry as Iolanthe in 'Iolanthe', by Window & Grove - NPG Ax131303

Ellen Terry as Iolanthe in 'Iolanthe'

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

Ellen Terry, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x26803

Ellen Terry

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

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