Sir Henry Irving

1 portrait of Sir Henry Irving

Sir Henry Irving, by Philip William ('Phil') May, 1899 - NPG 3679 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Henry Irving

by Philip William ('Phil') May
pencil, 1899
6 in. x 7 3/4 in. (153 mm x 198 mm) overall
Given by Margaret Shields, 1949
Primary Collection
NPG 3679

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These charming and informal drawings show Irving at his most private and relaxed. Irving and Phil May were close friends, and these sketches display a playfulness befitting for two old friends enjoying a cigar. The first drawing is inscribed 'Souvenir of Ramsgate Xmas 1899'.

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