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Ellen Terry (1847-1928), Actress

Dame Ellen Alice Terry

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter associated with 188 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

by James Notman
albumen cabinet card, 1880s
NPG x197395

x197396

Ellen Terry

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, 1880s
NPG x197396

x197412

Ellen Terry

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, 1880s
NPG x197412

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

Ax131304

Ellen Terry as Camma in 'The Cup'

by Window & Grove
platinum print, 1881, published 1906
NPG Ax131304

Ax131305

Ellen Terry as Letitia Hardy in 'The Belle's Strategem'

by Window & Grove
platinum print, 1881, published 1906
NPG Ax131305

Ax160171

Ellen Terry as Letitia Hardy in 'The Belle's Strategem'

by Window & Grove
matte bromide postcard print, 1881
NPG Ax160171

Ax160173

Ellen Terry as Letitia Hardy in 'The Belle's Strategem'

by Window & Grove
matte bromide postcard print, 1881
NPG Ax160173

Ax131306

Ellen Terry as Juliet in 'Romeo and Juliet'

by Window & Grove
platinum print, 1882, published 1906
NPG Ax131306

Ax131307

Ellen Terry as Beatrice in 'Much Ado About Nothing'

by Window & Grove
platinum print, 1882, published 1906
NPG Ax131307

Ax9277

Ellen Terry

by St James's Photographic Co, published by David Bogue
carbon print, published 1 September 1883
NPG Ax9277