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Lillah McCarthy

(1875-1960), Actress

Sitter in 51 portraits
Actress and theatre manager. Lillah McCarthy made her debut on the London stage in 1895 and found instant success. She joined the leading actor and playwright, Wilson Barrett, at the Lyric Theatre the next year, followed by a tour of Australia. Upon her return in 1900, she became the leading lady in Quo Vadis?, The Sign of the Cross, Hamlet, and Othello. In 1906, McCarthy married the actor and theatre director, Harley Granville-Barker, who she had met while playing his opposite in Man and Superman. She appeared in his historic Shakespeare productions at the Savoy Theatre (1912-14) after she had herself assumed the management of the nearby Little Theatre in 1911.

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Lillah McCarthy, by James Craig Annan - NPG P1040

Lillah McCarthy

by James Craig Annan
sepia platinum print on photographer's card mount, 1900s
NPG P1040

Lillah McCarthy, by Ambrose McEvoy - NPG 5506

Lillah McCarthy

by Ambrose McEvoy
oil on canvas, 1919
NPG 5506

Lillah McCarthy as Lady Macbeth in 'Macbeth', by Unknown photographer - NPG x128110

Lillah McCarthy as Lady Macbeth in 'Macbeth'

by Unknown photographer
albumen print mounted on page, 1895
NPG x128110

Lillah McCarthy, by The Biograph Studio, published by  Rapid Photo Co - NPG x138969

Lillah McCarthy

by The Biograph Studio, published by Rapid Photo Co
bromide postcard print, 1900s
NPG x138969

Lillah McCarthy, possibly by Alvin Langdon Coburn - NPG x126447

Lillah McCarthy

possibly by Alvin Langdon Coburn
sepia gum platinum print on mount, early 1900s
NPG x126447

Lillah McCarthy, by W. & D. Downey, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x193279

Lillah McCarthy

by W. & D. Downey, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, circa 1904
NPG x193279

Lillah McCarthy; Louis Calvert, by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x160526

Lillah McCarthy; Louis Calvert

by Alfred Ellis & Walery, published by J. Beagles & Co
matte bromide postcard print, circa 1905
NPG x160526

Lillah McCarthy as Jennifer Dubedat in 'The Doctor's Dilemma', by Foulsham & Banfield - NPG x128079

Lillah McCarthy as Jennifer Dubedat in 'The Doctor's Dilemma'

by Foulsham & Banfield
cream-toned bromide print on photographer's mount, 1906
NPG x128079

Lillah McCarthy, by W. & D. Downey, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x17121

Lillah McCarthy

by W. & D. Downey, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, circa 1906
NPG x17121

Lillah McCarthy, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x101009

Lillah McCarthy

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, December 1907
NPG x101009

Lillah McCarthy, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x101010

Lillah McCarthy

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, December 1907
NPG x101010

Lillah McCarthy, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x101011

Lillah McCarthy

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, December 1907
NPG x101011

Lillah McCarthy, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x101012

Lillah McCarthy

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, December 1907
NPG x101012

Lillah McCarthy as Raina in George Bernard Shaw's 'Arms and the Man', by Bassano Ltd - NPG x101013

Lillah McCarthy as Raina in George Bernard Shaw's 'Arms and the Man'

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, December 1907
NPG x101013

Lillah McCarthy as Raina in George Bernard Shaw's 'Arms and the Man', by Bassano Ltd - NPG x101014

Lillah McCarthy as Raina in George Bernard Shaw's 'Arms and the Man'

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, December 1907
NPG x101014

Lillah McCarthy, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x101015

Lillah McCarthy

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, December 1907
NPG x101015

Lillah McCarthy in 'The Tragedy of Nan', by Daily Mirror - NPG x128077

Lillah McCarthy in 'The Tragedy of Nan'

by Daily Mirror
bromide press print, 1908
NPG x128077

Lillah McCarthy; Sir Godfrey Seymour Tearle in 'The Sentimentalists', by E.O. Hoppé - NPG x128123

Lillah McCarthy; Sir Godfrey Seymour Tearle in 'The Sentimentalists'

by E.O. Hoppé
matte bromide print on photographer's card mount, 1910
NPG x128123

Lillah McCarthy, by Bassano Ltd, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x193900

Lillah McCarthy

by Bassano Ltd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1910s
NPG x193900

Lillah McCarthy, by Bassano Ltd, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG x193901

Lillah McCarthy

by Bassano Ltd, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, 1910s
NPG x193901

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