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Adelaide Ristori

(1822-1906), Actress

Sitter in 26 portraits
Internationally renowned Italian tragedienne. The daughter of strolling players, Ristori began as a child actress and at the age of 14 was cast in the title role of Silvio Pellico's Francesca da Rimini. She joined the Royal Sardinian Company as ingenue and advanced in two years to the position of leading lady. In 1855 she went to Paris, where she initially received a mixed reception. She finally triumphed as a tragedienne in Vittorio Alfieri's Mirra and Alexandre Dumas championed her work. She toured the United States for the first time in 1866, and her successes encouraged her return there several times. Ristori's theatrical career continued until 1885.

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Adelaide Ristori as Mary Stuart, by Unknown photographer - NPG Ax7603

Adelaide Ristori as Mary Stuart

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, 1870s
NPG Ax7603

Adelaide Ristori, by Napoleon Sarony - NPG x197380

Adelaide Ristori

by Napoleon Sarony
albumen cabinet card, 1880s
NPG x197380

Adelaide Ristori, by Unknown photographer - NPG x19012

Adelaide Ristori

by Unknown photographer
bromide postcard print, 1900-1906
NPG x19012

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Adelaide Ristori as Mary Stuart

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, 1870s
NPG x38885

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Adelaide Ristori as Mary Stuart

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, 1870s
NPG x38886

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