Sir Henry Irving

1 portrait of Sir Henry Irving

Sir Henry Irving, by Lock & Whitfield, 1879 or before - NPG x17929 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype on card mount, 1879 or before
3 3/8 in. x 2 1/4 in. (87 mm x 57 mm) image size
Given by Arthur Myers Smith, 1931
Photographs Collection
NPG x17929


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Shows Irving at the beginning of his London career after spending a decade in stock companies in the provinces. He made his professional debut at the Lyceum Theatre, Sunderland in 1856, fifteen years before making his name at the Lyceum Theatre, London. The photograph is the earliest likeness of Irving in the Gallery's collection.