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

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Charles John Kean; Ellen Terry as Leontes and Mamillius in 'The Winter's Tale', by Martin Laroche (William Henry Silvester), 26 April 1856 - NPG x7954 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

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
9 1/8 in. x 6 7/8 in. (233 mm x 176 mm)
Given by Jane Souter Hipkins, 1930
Photographs Collection
NPG x7954


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Sittersback to top

  • Charles John Kean (1811-1868), Actor and theatre manager; second son of Edmund Kean. Sitter associated with 27 portraits.
  • Dame Ellen Alice Terry (1847-1928), Actress. Sitter associated with 188 portraits.

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This portraitback to top

This photograph represents Ellen Terry on the occasion of her stage debut, as Mamillius in a long-running production of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale at the Princess's Theatre, London. She is shown with Charles Kean, the leading actor-manager of the period, who played Leontes. Terry performed her role 102 times, and a review in The Times described her performance as 'vivacious and precocious'.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 35