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Ellen Terry as Desdemona in 'Othello'

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Ellen Terry as Desdemona in 'Othello', by Southwell Brothers, 1863 - NPG x16990 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Ellen Terry as Desdemona in 'Othello'

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
3 1/2 in. x 2 1/4 in. (88 mm x 56 mm) image size
acquired Clive Holland, 1959
Photographs Collection
NPG x16990


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  • Southwell Brothers (active 1862-1876), Photographers. Artist associated with 194 portraits.

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Ellen Terry is shown in costume and against a backdrop for her role in 'Othello' at the Princess's Theatre, where she also made her first stage appearance aged nine. The Times described her performance as Desdemona as 'youthfully innocent, graceful, natural, and so intense in feeling', qualities that marked some of her most effective roles. Terry returned as Desdemona in 1881 at the Lyceum Theatre opposite Sir Henry Irving under whose management she played many leading roles. Terry's career spanned sixty-nine years and she is regarded as the greatest English actress of the period.

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