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Helen Faucit (Helena (née Faucit Saville), Lady Martin) (1814-1898), Actress; wife of Sir Theodore Martin

Sitter in 18 portraits
Saville first appeared on stage as Beatrice in 1833 in a small theatre in Richmond. Two years later she made her début at Covent Garden as Julia in Sheridan Knowles's The Hunchback, arousing such enthusiasm that she was given a three-year contract as leading lady. She had a hugely successful acting career for the next fifteen years, playing many classical and modern roles. Her most popular part was Pauline in Bulwer-Lytton's new play The Lady of Lyons; in it she was said to run the gamut of emotions and make her audiences do the same. Her greatest talent was in suggesting suppressed emotion and unspoken thought by facial expression, gesture and vocal tone.

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'Popular Actresses'

by Ashford Brothers & Co, after Alexander Bassano, and Clarkington & Co (Charles Clarkington), and Joseph Richard James, and Horatio Nelson King, and Camille Silvy, and possibly Leonida Caldesi, and Adolphe Paul Auguste Beau, and Thomas Cranfield,
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
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Helen Faucit (Helena (née Faucit Saville), Lady Martin)

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, 30 June 1864
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Helen Faucit (Helena (née Faucit Saville), Lady Martin)

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, 30 June 1864
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Helen Faucit (Helena (née Faucit Saville), Lady Martin)

by Richard James Lane, printed by Graf & Soret, published by Joseph Dickinson, after Sir Frederic William Burton
lithograph, published 1 February 1836
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Helen Faucit (Helena (née Faucit Saville), Lady Martin) as Pauline in 'Lady of Lyons'

by Richard James Lane, printed by Jérémie Graf, published by John Mitchell, after Alfred Edward Chalon
hand-coloured lithograph, published 30 September 1839
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Helen Faucit (Helena (née Faucit Saville), Lady Martin)

by Richard James Lane, after Sir Frederic William Burton
lithograph, published circa 1857
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Helen Faucit (Helena (née Faucit Saville), Lady Martin)

by Richard James Lane, after Sir Frederic William Burton
lithograph, published 1857
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Helen Faucit (Helena (née Faucit Saville), Lady Martin), Sir Frederick William Burton

by Richard James Lane, after Sir Frederic William Burton
lithograph, published 1857
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Helen Faucit (Helena (née Faucit Saville), Lady Martin)

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 30 June 1864
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Helen Faucit (Helena (née Faucit Saville), Lady Martin)

by Camille Silvy
albumen print, 30 June 1864
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Helen Faucit (Helena (née Faucit Saville), Lady Martin)

by Richard James Lane, after Sir Frederic William Burton
lithograph, published 1857
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