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Sir Henry Irving

(1838-1905), Actor-manager

Sir Henry Irving (John Henry Brodribb)

Sitter in 122 portraits
Actor; first achieved success on the London stage in the 1860s and, in 1867, played for the first time with Ellen Terry, beginning their famous theatrical association. He established his reputation as a tragedian with his Hamlet at the Lyceum in 1874 and played many Shakespearean and classic roles in a style which was individual and controversial, but which held audiences spellbound. A great manager as well as actor, Irving organized several American and Canadian tours, received many honours, and was the first actor to be knighted.

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Sir Henry Irving, by Unknown photographer - NPG x17930

Sir Henry Irving

by Unknown photographer
albumen carte-de-visite, 1880s
NPG x17930

Sir Henry Irving, by Lock & Whitfield - NPG x22244

Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield
albumen cabinet card, circa 1883
NPG x22244

Sir Henry Irving, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington - NPG Ax17711

Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1883
NPG Ax17711

Sir Henry Irving, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington - NPG x17933

Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington
woodburytype, published 1883
NPG x17933

Sir Henry Irving as Dr Primrose, the Vicar of Wakefield, in 'Olivia', by Window & Grove, published by  Rapid Photo Co - NPG Ax137398

Sir Henry Irving as Dr Primrose, the Vicar of Wakefield, in 'Olivia'

by Window & Grove, published by Rapid Photo Co
bromide postcard print, published 1902-1905 (1885)
NPG Ax137398

Sir Henry Irving as Mephistopheles in 'Faust', by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after  Bernard Partridge - NPG Ax137400

Sir Henry Irving as Mephistopheles in 'Faust'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, after Bernard Partridge
hand-coloured albumen cabinet card, circa 1885
NPG Ax137400

Sir Henry Irving as Dr Primrose; Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia', by Window & Grove, published by  J. Beagles & Co - NPG x197945

Sir Henry Irving as Dr Primrose; Ellen Terry as Olivia in 'Olivia'

by Window & Grove, published by J. Beagles & Co
bromide postcard print, 1885; published 1900s
NPG x197945

Sir Henry Irving, by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Richard Bentley & Son - NPG Ax5413

Sir Henry Irving

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Richard Bentley & Son
carbon print, published 1888
NPG Ax5413

Sir Henry Irving, by Warwick Brookes - NPG x136571

Sir Henry Irving

by Warwick Brookes
halftone reproduction tear sheet, 1888, published 19 April 1905
NPG x136571

Sir Henry Irving, by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG Ax137403

Sir Henry Irving

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, circa 1888, published after 1901
NPG Ax137403

Sir Henry Irving, by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG Ax137404

Sir Henry Irving

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, circa 1888, published after 1901
NPG Ax137404

Sir Henry Irving, by Warwick Brookes - NPG x12130

Sir Henry Irving

by Warwick Brookes
platinum print, 1888
NPG x12130

Sir Henry Irving, by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by  Richard Bentley & Son - NPG x12127

Sir Henry Irving

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Richard Bentley & Son
carbon print, published 1888
NPG x12127

Sir Henry Irving, by Herbert Rose Barraud - NPG x12126

Sir Henry Irving

by Herbert Rose Barraud
albumen cabinet card, circa 1888
NPG x12126

Sir Henry Irving, by Warwick Brookes, published by  Strand Publishing Company - NPG Ax9334

Sir Henry Irving

by Warwick Brookes, published by Strand Publishing Company
carbon print, 1888, published 1 January 1889
NPG Ax9334

Various actors and singers, by and after Elliott & Fry - NPG Ax139924

Various actors and singers

by and after Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 1890s
NPG Ax139924

Sir Henry Irving, by Walker & Boutall, possibly after  Sir Emery Walker - NPG x17931

Sir Henry Irving

by Walker & Boutall, possibly after Sir Emery Walker
photogravure, 1890s
NPG x17931

Sir Henry Irving, by Alfred Ellis - NPG x17934

Sir Henry Irving

by Alfred Ellis
woodburytype large format print, 1890s
NPG x17934

Sir Henry Irving, by Sir Emery Walker - NPG x19631

Sir Henry Irving

by Sir Emery Walker
half-plate glass negative, 1890s
NPG x19631

Sir Henry Irving, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x127444

Sir Henry Irving

by Elliott & Fry
chlorobromide print on cream card mount, 1892
NPG x127444

Sir Henry Irving, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x127920

Sir Henry Irving

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1892
NPG x127920

Sir Henry Irving as Cardinal Wolsey in 'Henry VIII', by W. & D. Downey, published by  Cassell & Company, Ltd - NPG x134583

Sir Henry Irving as Cardinal Wolsey in 'Henry VIII'

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, circa 1892, published 1893
NPG x134583

Sir Henry Irving as Cardinal Wolsey in 'Henry VIII', by W. & D. Downey, copy by  Virtue & Co - NPG x17923

Sir Henry Irving as Cardinal Wolsey in 'Henry VIII'

by W. & D. Downey, copy by Virtue & Co
photogravure, circa 1892
NPG x17923

Sir Henry Irving, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x12558

Sir Henry Irving

by Elliott & Fry
albumen cabinet card, 1892
NPG x12558

Sir Henry Irving, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x82277

Sir Henry Irving

by Elliott & Fry
half-plate glass negative, (1892)
NPG x82277

Sir Henry Irving as Cardinal Wolsey in 'Henry VIII', by W. & D. Downey, published by  Cassell & Company, Ltd - NPG Ax16147

Sir Henry Irving as Cardinal Wolsey in 'Henry VIII'

by W. & D. Downey, published by Cassell & Company, Ltd
carbon print, published 1893 (circa 1892)
NPG Ax16147

Sir Henry Irving as Thomas à Beckett in 'Becket', by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio) - NPG x197317

Sir Henry Irving as Thomas à Beckett in 'Becket'

by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio)
albumen cabinet card, 1893
NPG x197317

Sir Henry Irving as Thomas à Beckett in 'Becket', by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio) - NPG x197318

Sir Henry Irving as Thomas à Beckett in 'Becket'

by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio)
albumen cabinet card, 1893
NPG x197318

Sir Henry Irving as Thomas Becket in 'Becket', by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio) - NPG x200576

Sir Henry Irving as Thomas Becket in 'Becket'

by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio)
bromide postcard print, 1893 (published early 1900s)
NPG x200576

Sir Henry Irving as Thomas à Beckett in 'Becket', by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio), published by  T. Fisher Unwin - NPG Ax29148

Sir Henry Irving as Thomas à Beckett in 'Becket'

by Henry Herschel Hay Cameron (later The Cameron Studio), published by T. Fisher Unwin
photogravure, published 1893
NPG Ax29148

Sir Henry Irving, published by Ogden's - NPG x197017

Sir Henry Irving

published by Ogden's
cigarette card, published circa 1894-1907
NPG x197017

Sir Henry Irving, by Window & Grove - NPG x22245

Sir Henry Irving

by Window & Grove
albumen cabinet card, 1895
NPG x22245

Sir Henry Irving, by Window & Grove - NPG x17926

Sir Henry Irving

by Window & Grove
carbon print, published 1 March 1895
NPG x17926

Sir Henry Irving, by Window & Grove - NPG Ax28874

Sir Henry Irving

by Window & Grove
carbon print, published 1 March 1895
NPG Ax28874

Sir Henry Irving as Cardinal Wolsey, by W. & D. Downey, photogravure by  Walker & Boutall - NPG Ax41235

Sir Henry Irving as Cardinal Wolsey

by W. & D. Downey, photogravure by Walker & Boutall
photogravure, 1897; published 1899
NPG Ax41235

Sir Henry Irving, by Window & Grove - NPG x19009

Sir Henry Irving

by Window & Grove
platinum print, circa 1898
NPG x19009

Sir Henry Irving, by Ernest Walter Histed - NPG Ax45814

Sir Henry Irving

by Ernest Walter Histed
postcard print, 1899
NPG Ax45814

Sir Henry Irving, by Art Photogravure Co Ltd, after  Ernest Walter Histed - NPG x12132

Sir Henry Irving

by Art Photogravure Co Ltd, after Ernest Walter Histed
photogravure, (1899)
NPG x12132

Sir Henry Irving, by Ernest Walter Histed - NPG x12131

Sir Henry Irving

by Ernest Walter Histed
platinum print, 1899
NPG x12131

Sir Henry Irving, by Ernest Walter Histed, published by  Rotary Photographic Co Ltd - NPG Ax137406

Sir Henry Irving

by Ernest Walter Histed, published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd
bromide postcard print, published after 1901 (1899)
NPG Ax137406

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