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Topsy Sinden

(1878-1951), Actress, singer and dancer

Sitter in 14 portraits
Sinden joined the Empire Theatre at the age of eleven, where she danced a Lancashire clog dance in the ballet The Paris Exhibition (1889) and trained with ballet mistress Katti Lanner (1889-91). Specialising in tap and skirt dancing, she appeared at the Gaiety and Daly's Theatre during the 1890s. She was principal dancer at the Empire in 1907 when she took over an adapted version of Adeline Genée's role in The Belle of the Ball. Popular both with audiences and other dancers, in 1914 a public appeal was launched, to which Genée donated the money raised for her own farewell season, after Sinden was injured on stage in Liverpool.

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Topsy Sinden, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x127947

Topsy Sinden

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, early 1900s
NPG x127947

Topsy Sinden, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x127948

Topsy Sinden

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, early 1900s
NPG x127948

Topsy Sinden, by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x46540

Topsy Sinden

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen cabinet card, 1900s
NPG x46540

Topsy Sinden as the Dancer in 'A Country Girl', by Bassano Ltd - NPG x136498

Topsy Sinden as the Dancer in 'A Country Girl'

by Bassano Ltd
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 26 February 1902
NPG x136498

Miriam Clements; Topsy Sinden; Miss Edwardine, by and after Alexander Bassano - NPG Ax136818

Miriam Clements; Topsy Sinden; Miss Edwardine

by and after Alexander Bassano
bromide print, circa 1902
NPG Ax136818

Topsy Sinden, published by Ogden's - NPG x196897

Topsy Sinden

published by Ogden's
bromide cigarette card, published circa 1902
NPG x196897

Topsy Sinden, published by Johnston & Hoffmann - NPG x22596

Topsy Sinden

published by Johnston & Hoffmann
bromide postcard print, circa 1905
NPG x22596

Topsy Sinden, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x30283

Topsy Sinden

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 1906
NPG x30283

Topsy Sinden, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x30284

Topsy Sinden

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 1906
NPG x30284

Topsy Sinden, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x30285

Topsy Sinden

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 1906
NPG x30285

Topsy Sinden, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x30286

Topsy Sinden

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate glass negative, 1906
NPG x30286

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Topsy Sinden

by Lafayette
bromide cabinet card, 1890s
NPG x198243

Web image not currently available

Topsy Sinden

by Foulsham & Banfield, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
postcard print, circa 1908
NPG x201218

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