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Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft

(1839-1921), Actress and theatre manager; wife of Sir Squire Bancroft

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 31 portraits
Actress and theatrical manager. Marie Effie Wilton was a performer from early childhood. First seen on the London stage in 1856 at the Lyceum where her talent for burlesque brought her wide acclaim; Charles Dickens described her as one of 'the cleverest girls I have ever seen on the stage'. With her husband Squire Bancroft (who she married in 1867) she became joint actor-manager of the Prince of Wales Theatre, where successes included Dion Boucicault's comedy London Assurance (1877). The company set new standards of production and raised the status of the acting profession. In 1880 they rebuilt the Haymarket Theatre introducing the first use of electric light on the English stage in Man and Wife.

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Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft, by Gladwell - NPG x210

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft

by Gladwell
albumen carte-de-visite, late 1850s-early 1860s
NPG x210

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft as Aladdin in 'Aladdin', by Alfred Henry Wall, published by  Thomas Hailes Lacy - NPG x211

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft as Aladdin in 'Aladdin'

by Alfred Henry Wall, published by Thomas Hailes Lacy
albumen carte-de-visite, 1861
NPG x211

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft, by William Walker & Sons - NPG x197064

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft

by William Walker & Sons
albumen carte-de-visite, 1862-1866
NPG x197064

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft, by Window & Grove - NPG Ax18187

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft

by Window & Grove
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1874
NPG Ax18187

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft, by Window & Grove - NPG Ax28484

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft

by Window & Grove
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1874
NPG Ax28484

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft, by Window & Grove - NPG x212

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft

by Window & Grove
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1874
NPG x212

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Hardwicke & Bogue - NPG Ax45745

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Hardwicke & Bogue
woodburytype, published 1879 (circa 1875)
NPG Ax45745

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft, by Lock & Whitfield - NPG x132951

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype on programme page, published 10 July 1875
NPG x132951

'Ladies of the London Stage', after Lock & Whitfield, and  Unknown photographers - NPG x135885

'Ladies of the London Stage'

after Lock & Whitfield, and Unknown photographers
woodburytype, published 1875
NPG x135885

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft; Sir Squire Bancroft (né Butterfield), by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Carson & Comerford - NPG Ax29219

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft; Sir Squire Bancroft (né Butterfield)

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Carson & Comerford
woodburytype, published 1 July 1885
NPG Ax29219

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft; Sir Squire Bancroft (né Butterfield), by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Carson & Comerford - NPG x203

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft; Sir Squire Bancroft (né Butterfield)

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Carson & Comerford
woodburytype, published 1 July 1885
NPG x203

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft; Sir Squire Bancroft (né Butterfield), by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Carson & Comerford - NPG x6405

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft; Sir Squire Bancroft (né Butterfield)

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Carson & Comerford
woodburytype, published 1 July 1885
NPG x6405

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft, by Walery, published by  Sampson Low & Co - NPG Ax38305

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft

by Walery, published by Sampson Low & Co
carbon print, published October 1889
NPG Ax38305

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft, by Walery, published by  Sampson Low & Co - NPG x5160

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft

by Walery, published by Sampson Low & Co
carbon print, published October 1889
NPG x5160

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft, by Walery, published by  Sampson Low & Co - NPG x8453

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft

by Walery, published by Sampson Low & Co
carbon print, published October 1889
NPG x8453

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft, by W. & D. Downey, published by  Cassell & Company, Ltd - NPG Ax27909

Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1894
NPG Ax27909

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Marie Effie (née Wilton), Lady Bancroft

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype, circa 1875
NPG x207

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