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Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905), Actor-manager

Sir Henry Irving (John Henry Brodribb)

Sitter associated with 115 portraits
Actor; first achieved success on the London stage in the 1860s and, in 1867, played for the first time with Ellen Terry, beginning their famous theatrical association. He established his reputation as a tragedian with his Hamlet at the Lyceum in 1874 and played many Shakespearean and classic roles in a style which was individual and controversial, but which held audiences spellbound. A great manager as well as actor, Irving organized several American and Canadian tours, received many honours, and was the first actor to be knighted.

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Sir Henry Irving

by Henry Courtney Selous
sepia wash
NPG 5400

1560

Sir Henry Irving

by Jules Bastien-Lepage
oil on canvas, 1880
On display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1560

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Sir Henry Irving

by Philip William ('Phil') May
pen and ink, circa 1880s
NPG 1611

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Sir Henry Irving

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3471

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Sir Henry Irving

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink
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Sir Henry Irving

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink
NPG 6251(29)

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Sir Henry Irving

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, circa 1882
NPG 5073

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Sir Henry Irving

copy by (Edward) Onslow Ford
bronze bust, (1883)
On display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5689

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Sir Henry Irving

by Harry M. Allen, after Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt
oil on canvas, (circa 1884)
NPG 1453

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Sir Henry Irving

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, circa 1885-1923
NPG 4095(6)

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Sir Henry Irving

by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.')
silhouette
NPG 3538

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Sir Henry Irving

by Philip William ('Phil') May
pencil, 1899
NPG 3679

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Sir Henry Irving

by Philip William ('Phil') May
pencil, 1899
NPG 3680

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Sir Henry Irving

by Philip William ('Phil') May
pencil, 1899
NPG 3681

P143

Sir Henry Irving

by Eveleen Myers (nee Tennant)
platinum print, early-mid 1900s
NPG P143

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Sir Henry Irving as Dubosc in 'The Lyons Mail'

by James Ferrier Pryde
pencil and gouache on paper laid on board
NPG 6567

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Sir Henry Irving

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax46233

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Sir Henry Irving

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax17874

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Sir Henry Irving

by Elliott & Fry
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax28579