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Sir Henry Irving

(1838-1905), Actor-manager

Sir Henry Irving (John Henry Brodribb)

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 119 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 Jules Bastien-Lepage - NPG 1560

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Harry M. Allen, after  Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt - NPG 1453

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould ('F.C.G.') - NPG 3538

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, by Eveleen Myers (née Tennant) - NPG P143

Sir Henry Irving

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

Sir Henry Irving, copy by (Edward) Onslow Ford - NPG 5689

Sir Henry Irving

copy by (Edward) Onslow Ford
bronze bust, circa 1906-1907 (circa 1883-1884)
On display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5689

Sir Henry Irving as Dubosc in 'The Lyons Mail', by James Ferrier Pryde - NPG 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

Sir Henry Irving, by Harry Furniss - NPG 4095(6)

Sir Henry Irving

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, published circa 1913-1916
NPG 4095(6)

Sir Henry Irving, by Lock & Whitfield - NPG x17929

Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype on card mount, circa early 1870s
NPG x17929

Sir Henry Irving, by Lock & Whitfield - NPG x17935

Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype on card mount, circa early 1870s
NPG x17935

Sir Henry Irving, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG Ax46233

Sir Henry Irving

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

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