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

Sir Henry Irving (John Henry Brodribb)

Sitter in 118 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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5400

Sir Henry Irving as Alfred Jingle

attributed to Henry Courtney Selous
sepia wash
NPG 5400

6251(28)

Sir Henry Irving

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, circa 1870-1871
NPG 6251(28)

1560

Sir Henry Irving

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

1611

Sir Henry Irving

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

3471

Sir Henry Irving

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

6251(29)

Sir Henry Irving

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, circa 1881
NPG 6251(29)

5073

Sir Henry Irving

by Carlo Pellegrini
watercolour, 1883
NPG 5073

5689

Sir Henry Irving

copy by (Edward) Onslow Ford
bronze bust, circa 1883-1884
On display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5689

1453

Sir Henry Irving

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

4095(6)

Sir Henry Irving

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

3538

Sir Henry Irving

by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.')
silhouette, late 1890s
NPG 3538

3679

Sir Henry Irving

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

3680

Sir Henry Irving

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

3681

Sir Henry Irving

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

P143

Sir Henry Irving

by Eveleen Myers (née Tennant)
platinum print, published 1900
NPG P143

6567

Sir Henry Irving as Dubosc in 'The Lyons Mail'

by James Ferrier Pryde
pencil and gouache on paper laid on board, circa 1906
NPG 6567

Ax46233

Sir Henry Irving

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

Ax17874

Sir Henry Irving

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

Ax28579

Sir Henry Irving

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

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