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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 as Juliet in 'Romeo and Juliet', by Window & Grove - NPG x197890

Ellen Terry as Juliet in 'Romeo and Juliet'

by Window & Grove
albumen print, 1882
NPG x197890

Ellen Terry as Beatrice in 'Much Ado About Nothing', by Window & Grove, published by  Rapid Photo Co - NPG x197949

Ellen Terry as Beatrice in 'Much Ado About Nothing'

by Window & Grove, published by Rapid Photo Co
bromide postcard print, 1882; published 1900s
NPG x197949

Ellen Terry, by St James's Photographic Co, published by  David Bogue - NPG Ax9277

Ellen Terry

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

Ellen Terry, by Hayman Seleg Mendelssohn - NPG Ax5571

Ellen Terry

by Hayman Seleg Mendelssohn
albumen cabinet card, 1883
NPG Ax5571

Ellen Terry, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x127489

Ellen Terry

by Elliott & Fry
chlorobromide print on cream card mount, 1884
NPG x127489

Ellen Terry, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x26375

Ellen Terry

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1884
NPG x26375

Ellen Terry as Viola in 'Twelfth Night', by Window & Grove - NPG x16983

Ellen Terry as Viola in 'Twelfth Night'

by Window & Grove
albumen cabinet card, 1884
NPG x16983

Ellen Terry as Viola in 'Twelfth Night', by Window & Grove - NPG x16984

Ellen Terry as Viola in 'Twelfth Night'

by Window & Grove
albumen cabinet card, 1884
NPG x16984

Ellen Terry as Viola in 'Twelfth Night', by Window & Grove - NPG Ax131308

Ellen Terry as Viola in 'Twelfth Night'

by Window & Grove
platinum print, 1884, published 1906
NPG Ax131308

Ellen Terry, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x26802

Ellen Terry

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1884
NPG x26802

Ellen Terry, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x82219

Ellen Terry

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass copy negative, 1884
NPG x82219

Ellen Terry, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x82220

Ellen Terry

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass copy negative, 1884
NPG x82220

Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia', by Window & Grove - NPG x16985

Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia'

by Window & Grove
albumen cabinet card, 1885
NPG x16985

Ellen Terry as Margaret in 'Faust', by Window & Grove - NPG Ax131309

Ellen Terry as Margaret in 'Faust'

by Window & Grove
platinum print, 1885, published 1906
NPG Ax131309

Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia', by Window & Grove - NPG x197415

Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia'

by Window & Grove
albumen cabinet card, 1885
NPG x197415

Ellen Terry as Margaret in 'Faust', by Window & Grove, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x197942

Ellen Terry as Margaret in 'Faust'

by Window & Grove, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1885, published 1900s
NPG x197942

Sir Henry Irving as Dr Primrose; Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia', by Window & Grove, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x197945

Sir Henry Irving as Dr Primrose; Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia'

by Window & Grove, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1885; published 1900s
NPG x197945

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