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Sir Henry Irving

3 of 17 portraits on display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery

Sir Henry Irving, by Jules Bastien-Lepage, 1880 - NPG 1560 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Henry Irving

by Jules Bastien-Lepage
oil on canvas, 1880
18 1/8 in. x 18 3/4 in. (460 mm x 475 mm) overall
Given by Dame Ellen Alice Terry, 1910
Primary Collection
NPG 1560


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This portrait was conceived at a supper party at the Lyceum on 3 July 1880, when Irving and Ellen Terry entertained Bastien Lepage and Sarah Bernhardt. It was abandoned after only one or two sittings, at Irving's rooms in Grafton Street, presumably because Irving intensely disliked Bastien's informal depiction of him.

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