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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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x127410

Sarah Bernhardt

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

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 Frederic 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 Felix 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

Benoit Constant Coquelin ('Coquelin aine'); 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 Theodora in Sardou's play 'Theodora'

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

x5683

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

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