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Mrs Patrick Campbell as Magdalene in 'Magda'

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Mrs Patrick Campbell as Magdalene in 'Magda', by Unknown photographer, 1896 - NPG x5041 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Mrs Patrick Campbell as Magdalene in 'Magda'

by Unknown photographer
albumen print, 1896
5 3/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (137 mm x 97 mm) image size
Purchased, 1941
Photographs Collection
NPG x5041


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This portrait depicts Campbell in her costume for Magda in which she played the title role, a 'new woman' whose sexual freedom and artistic career challenged Victorian conventions. Opening on 3 June 1896, the production was a failure but Campbell successfully revived the role in 1900, under her own management at the Royalty Theatre, Soho.

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