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Adelaide Neilson (1848-1880), Actress

Sitter in 17 portraits
Adelaide Neilson, whose real name was Elizabeth Ann Brown, was born in Leeds, the daughter of an actress, and her childhood and early youth were passed in poverty and menial work. In 1865 she appeared in Margate as Julia in The Hunchback, a character with which her name was long associated. For the next few years she played at several London and provincial theatres in various parts, including Rosalind, Amy Robsart and Rebecca (in Ivanhoe) and Beatrice, Viola and Isabella (in Measure for Measure). In 1872 she visited America, where her beauty and talent made her a great favourite, and she returned there on many subsequent occasions.

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Adelaide Neilson

by Thomas Edward Gaunt, after a photograph by Napoleon Sarony
chalk, 1880
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x135653

Adelaide Neilson

by Charles Reutlinger
albumen carte-de-visite, after 1868
NPG x135653

x45110

Adelaide Neilson

by Jose Maria Mora
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG x45110

x21483

Adelaide Neilson

published by Figaro Office
woodburytype, 1870s
NPG x21483

Ax39854

Adelaide Neilson

by Simpson & Co, after Napoleon Sarony
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax39854

Ax7605

Adelaide Neilson

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, 1870s
NPG Ax7605

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Adelaide Neilson

by Unknown photographer
carbon print, 1870s
NPG Ax7671

Ax18178

Adelaide Neilson as Amy Robsart in 'Kenilworth'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1871
NPG Ax18178

Ax28480

Adelaide Neilson as Rebecca in 'Rebecca'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1871
NPG Ax28480

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Adelaide Neilson as Juliet in 'Romeo & Juliet'

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen carte-de-visite, 1871-1880
NPG x135652

x21484

Adelaide Neilson

by Fradelle & Marshall
woodburytype, 1873-1877
NPG x21484

x14711

Adelaide Neilson

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen cabinet card, 1876
NPG x14711

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Adelaide Neilson as Viola in 'Twelfth Night'

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, late 1870s
NPG x197374

Ax129594

Adelaide Neilson

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 April 1879
NPG Ax129594

Ax45752

Adelaide Neilson

by Unknown photographer, published by Hardwicke & Bogue
woodburytype, published 1879
NPG Ax45752

x21485

Adelaide Neilson

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 April 1879
NPG x21485

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Adelaide Neilson

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, 1870s
NPG x21482