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Dame Ellen Alice Terry (1847-1928), Actress

Sitter in 147 portraits
Born in Coventry where her actor parents were on tour. Terry was one of eleven siblings and won fame as a child first appearing on stage in 1856 with Charles Kean. Married the painter G.F. Watts in 1864 but separated within a year. Terry had two children by the architect Edward Godwin, Edith Craig and Edward Gordon Craig. Returned to stage in 1872 to establish herself as a leading actress with the Bancroft's and John Hare's company. She performed her most memorable roles under the management of Henry Irving with whom she undertook provincial tours and toured America seven times. In later life she continued to act but also produced plays, lectured and wrote.

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5048

Ellen Terry ('Choosing')

by George Frederic Watts
oil on strawboard mounted on Gatorfoam, circa 1864
On display in Room 26 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 5048

2274

Ellen Terry

by George Frederic Watts
oil on canvas, circa 1864-1865
On display in the Dining Room at Bodelwyddan Castle
NPG 2274

3789

Ellen Terry

by Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson
oil on canvas, 1876
NPG 3789

2273

Ellen Terry

replica by John Singer Sargent
oil on canvas, 1906 (1889)
NPG 2273

6568

Ellen Terry as Nance Oldfield

by James Ferrier Pryde
oil and varnish on card laid on board, 1906
NPG 6568

3132

Ellen Terry

by Walford Graham Robertson
oil on canvas, 1922
NPG 3132

3662

Ellen Terry

by Cyril Roberts
chalk, 1923
NPG 3662

3657

Ellen Terry

by Unknown artist
plaster cast of death-mask, after 1928
NPG 3657

x7954

Charles John Kean; Ellen Terry as Leontes and Mamillius in 'The Winter's Tale'

by Martin Laroche (William Henry Silvester)
salt print, 26 April 1856
NPG x7954

x16990

Ellen Terry as Desdemona in 'Othello'

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG x16990

x18489

The Green Room

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen print, 11 May 1867
NPG x18489

Ax18156

Ellen Terry as Phillipa Chester in 'The Wandering Heir'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax18156

Ax18157

Ellen Terry as Phillipa Chester in 'The Wandering Heir'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG Ax18157

x135885

'Ladies of the London Stage'

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, published 1875
NPG x135885

Ax7600

Ellen Terry

by Window & Grove
woodburytype, 1876
NPG Ax7600

Ax160172

Ellen Terry as Ophelia in 'Hamlet'

by Window & Grove
matte bromide postcard print, late 1870s
NPG Ax160172

x16986

Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia'

by William Henry Grove, for Window & Grove
albumen cabinet card, circa 1878
NPG x16986

x16987

Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia'

by William Henry Grove, for Window & Grove
albumen cabinet card, circa 1878
NPG x16987

x16971

Ellen Terry as Ophelia in 'Hamlet'

by Window & Grove
albumen cabinet card, circa 1878
NPG x16971