Sir Henry Irving
1 portrait on display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery
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Sir Henry Irving
copy by (Edward) Onslow Ford
bronze bust, circa 1906-1907 (circa 1883-1884)
18 1/2 in. (470 mm overall)
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- Sir Henry Irving (John Henry Brodribb) (1838-1905), Actor-manager. Sitter in 118 portraits.
Artistback to top
- (Edward) Onslow Ford (1852-1901), Sculptor. Artist associated with 8 portraits, Sitter in 10 portraits.
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Ford's bust is a version of his life-size marble showing Irving in the role of Hamlet. The marble greatly enhanced Ford's reputation as a sculptor.
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Events of 1906back to top
Current affairsThe Liberals, led by Henry Campbell-Bannerman under a promise of reform, win a landslide victory in the general election. Electors vote to end two decades dominated by Conservative rule, with disaffection mounting over the conflict in South Africa and party division over education and tariff reform. The LRC continue to grow as a political force, winning 29 seats and changing their name later this year to the Labour Party.
Art and scienceRalph Vaughan Williams edits The English Hymnal, a collection of the best in English-language hymns. Published by the Church of England, it became one of the most popular and influential hymn books in the world.Antoni Gaudí completes his rebuilding of the Casa Batllo in Barcelona. Known locally as the 'casa dels ossos', or 'House of Bones', the building is striking for its use of curved stonework, oval windows and intricate tracery.
InternationalSan Francisco is devastated by an earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, leading to the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in Californian history. The impact itself and resulting fire lead to the death of over 3,000 people, and over half of the city's 400,000 population were left homeless. Although still a major city, the earthquake directs trade, industry and population south to Los Angeles.
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