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Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), Actress

Sarah Henriette Rosine Bernhardt

Sitter associated with 36 portraits
World-renowned Parisian-born actress, Bernhardt entered the Paris Conservatoire in 1859. Made her debut at the Comédie-Française in 1862 and moved to the Odéon, where she won fame as Doña Maria in Victor Hugo's Ruy Blas (1872) before retuning to the Comédie-Française. After 1876 she made frequent appearances in America, Europe and London where she mixed with the artistic elite including Ellen Terry and Oscar Wilde. Her most applauded roles include Phèdre (1874) and Marguerite in La Dame aux camélias (1884). Founded the Théàtre Sarah Bernhardt in 1899. In 1915 she had a leg amputated but carried performing.

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Sarah Bernhardt as Leonora in 'Dalila'

by J. Tourtin
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG x12778


Sarah Bernhardt as Doña Maria in 'Ruy Blas'

by Charles Reutlinger
albumen carte-de-visite, 1870s
NPG x12779


Sarah Bernhardt

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, 1870s
NPG x135819


Sarah Bernhardt as Mistress Clarckson in 'L'Etrangère'

by Walery, printed and published by Goupil & Co
photogravure, published January 1889 (1876)
NPG x1192


Sarah Bernhardt

by Alphonse J. Liébert (Liibert)
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1878
NPG x1190


Sarah Bernhardt as Doña Maria in 'Ruy Blas'

by Melandri, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 June 1879
NPG Ax129598


Sarah Bernhardt

by Melandri, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 June 1879
NPG Ax129599


Sarah Bernhardt

probably by W. & D. Downey
woodburytype, 1879
NPG Ax7668


Sarah Bernhardt

by W. & D. Downey
albumen cabinet card, 1879
NPG x144186


Sarah Bernhardt in 'Frou-Frou'

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen panel card, 1880
NPG x1191


Sarah Bernhardt

after Napoleon Sarony
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1880
NPG x27585


Sarah Bernhardt

by Napoleon Sarony, published by Burt Sharp
albumen carte-de-visite, published 1886-1894
NPG x5681


Sarah Bernhardt as Théodora in Sardou's play 'Théodora'

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1890
NPG x5682


Sarah Bernhardt

by W. & D. Downey
platinotype panel card, 1890s
NPG x127271


Sarah Bernhardt

by Nadar (Gaspard Félix Tournachon), published by Ogden's
cigarette card, published circa 1894-1907
NPG x197008


Sarah Bernhardt

by Nadar (Gaspard Félix Tournachon), published by Ogden's
cigarette card, published circa 1894-1907
NPG x197009


Sarah Bernhardt in 'La Dame aux Camélias'

by Paul Boyer
bromide postcard print, circa 1899
NPG x138182


Sarah Bernhardt

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass copy negative, 1901
NPG x82278


Sarah Bernhardt

by Elliott & Fry
chlorobromide print on cream card mount, 1901
NPG x127410


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