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Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), Actress

Sarah Henriette Rosine Bernhardt

Sitter associated with 35 portraits
World-renowned Parisian-born actress, Bernhardt entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1859. Made her debut at the Comédie-Française in 1862 and moved to the Odéon, where she won fame as Doña Maria in Victor Hugo's Ruy Blas (1872) before retuning to the Comédie-Française. After 1876 she made frequent appearances in America, Europe and London where she mixed with the artistic elite including Ellen Terry and Oscar Wilde. Her most applauded roles include Phèdre (1874) and Marguerite in La Dame aux camélias (1884). Founded the Théàtre Sarah Bernhardt in 1899. In 1915 she had a leg amputated but carried performing.

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x12778

Sarah Bernhardt as Leonora in 'Dalila'

by J. Tourtin
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG x12778

x12779

Sarah Bernhardt as Doña Maria in 'Ruy Blas'

by Charles Reutlinger
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG x12779

x135819

Sarah Bernhardt

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, 1870s
NPG x135819

x1192

Sarah Bernhardt as Mistress Clarckson in 'L'Etrangère'

by Walery, printed and published by Goupil & Co
photogravure on white paper mount, published January 1889 (1876)
NPG x1192

x1190

Sarah Bernhardt

by Alphonse J. Liébert (Liibert)
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1878
NPG x1190

Ax129598

Sarah Bernhardt as Doña Maria in 'Ruy Blas'

by Melandri, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 June 1879
NPG Ax129598

Ax129599

Sarah Bernhardt

by Melandri, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 June 1879
NPG Ax129599

Ax7668

Sarah Bernhardt

probably by W. & D. Downey
woodburytype, 1879
NPG Ax7668

x144186

Sarah Bernhardt

by W. & D. Downey
albumen cabinet card, 1879
NPG x144186

x1191

Sarah Bernhardt in 'Frou-Frou'

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen panel card, 1880
NPG x1191

x27585

Sarah Bernhardt

after Napoleon Sarony
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1880
NPG x27585

x5681

Sarah Bernhardt

by Napoleon Sarony, published by Burt Sharp
albumen carte-de-visite, published 1886-1894
NPG x5681

x5682

Sarah Bernhardt as Théodora in Sardou's play 'Théodora'

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print on card mount, published 1890
NPG x5682

x127271

Sarah Bernhardt

by W. & D. Downey
platinotype panel card, 1890s
NPG x127271

x197008

Sarah Bernhardt

by Nadar (Gaspard Félix Tournachon), published by Ogden's
cigarette card, published circa 1894-1907
NPG x197008

x197009

Sarah Bernhardt

by Nadar (Gaspard Félix Tournachon), published by Ogden's
cigarette card, published circa 1894-1907
NPG x197009

x138182

Sarah Bernhardt in 'La Dame aux Camélias'

by Paul Boyer
bromide postcard print, circa 1899
NPG x138182

x82278

Sarah Bernhardt

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass copy negative, 1901
NPG x82278

x127410

Sarah Bernhardt

by Elliott & Fry
chlorobromide print on cream card mount, 1901
NPG x127410

x86349

Sarah Bernhardt

by Elliott & Fry
vintage print, 1901
NPG x86349

x135808

Sarah Bernhardt

by Henry Walter ('H. Walter') Barnett
modern bromide print from an original negative, 1910
NPG x135808

D23134(14b)

'Bits of Sarah' (Possibly Sarah Bernhardt)

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, early 1890s
NPG D23134(14b)

D1062

Sarah Bernhardt

by Frédéric Florian, or by Ernest Florian, after Jan Marie Constantin van Beers
wood engraving, probably 1890s
NPG D1062

D1063

Sarah Bernhardt

after a photograph by Nadar (Gaspard Félix Tournachon)
relief halftone, probably 1890s
NPG D1063

D9631

Sarah Bernhardt

published by William Heinemann, after Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson
lithographic reproduction of a hand-coloured woodcut, published 1897
NPG D9631

D32973

Sarah Bernhardt

published by William Heinemann, after Sir William Newzam Prior Nicholson
lithographic reproduction of a hand-coloured woodcut, published 1899 (1897)
NPG D32973

x6413

Sarah Bernhardt

by Reutlinger
postcard print
NPG x6413

x19002

Benoît Constant Coquelin ('Coquelin aîné'); Sarah Bernhardt

by W. & D. Downey
albumen cabinet card, 1870s-1900s
NPG x19002

x22380

Sarah Bernhardt

by W. & D. Downey
albumen cabinet card, 1870s-1900s
NPG x22380

Ax14721

Sarah Bernhardt as Théodora in Sardou's play 'Théodora'

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1890
NPG Ax14721

x5683

Sarah Bernhardt as Théodora in Sardou's play 'Théodora'

by W. & D. Downey
carbon print, published 1890
NPG x5683

D30

Sarah Bernhardt

by (J.?) Lomering
coloured chalk, 1890s
NPG D30

D23134(31)

Sarah Bernhardt

by Percy Frederick Seaton Spence
pencil, 1891
NPG D23134(31)

D3634

Sarah Bernhardt

by Cecil Beaton
pen and ink
NPG D3634