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The Theatre: photographs by various photographers, published 1878-1897


467 Portraits in set

The Theatre was a theatre journal established by the actor-manager Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905). He sold the journal to the theatre critic Clement Scott (1841-1904) in 1879 for £1000. Originally issued in monthly parts, it was then bound in six-monthly volumes. The volumes mostly consist of text with some plates mounted with woodburytype or carbon print photographs, often depicting popular actors and actresses of the day in costume for their dramatic roles. The National Portrait Gallery also holds loose copies of a number of the portraits.

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Ellen Terry, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax28262

Ellen Terry

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 August 1878
NPG Ax28262

Madge Kendal, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax28266

Madge Kendal

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 September 1878
NPG Ax28266

William Hunter Kendal (William Hunter Grimston), by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax28268

William Hunter Kendal (William Hunter Grimston)

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 September 1878
NPG Ax28268

Marie Litton (Maria Lowe), probably by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax28269

Marie Litton (Maria Lowe)

probably by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 October 1878
NPG Ax28269

Henry James Byron, probably by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax28271

Henry James Byron

probably by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 October 1878
NPG Ax28271

Marion Terry, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax28272

Marion Terry

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 November 1878
NPG Ax28272

Hermann Vezin, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax28273

Hermann Vezin

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 November 1878
NPG Ax28273

Amy Roselle (Mrs Arthur Dacre), by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax28275

Amy Roselle (Mrs Arthur Dacre)

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 December 1878
NPG Ax28275

William Farren, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax28276

William Farren

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 December 1878
NPG Ax28276

William Hunter Kendal (William Hunter Grimston), by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG x18997

William Hunter Kendal (William Hunter Grimston)

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 September 1878
NPG x18997

Madge Kendal, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG x19101

Madge Kendal

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 September 1878
NPG x19101

Sir Henry Irving, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG x17925

Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 August 1878
NPG x17925

Sir Henry Irving, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax28263

Sir Henry Irving

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 August 1878
NPG Ax28263

Marion Terry, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG x26850

Marion Terry

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 November 1878
NPG x26850

Henry James Byron, probably by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG x4940

Henry James Byron

probably by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 October 1878
NPG x4940

Ellen Lancaster Wallis (Mrs Walter Reynolds), by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG x27244

Ellen Lancaster Wallis (Mrs Walter Reynolds)

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 March 1879
NPG x27244

Isabella ('Bella') Pateman, probably by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax129590

Isabella ('Bella') Pateman

probably by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 February 1879
NPG Ax129590

Frank Burnand, probably by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax129591

Frank Burnand

probably by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 February 1879
NPG Ax129591

Ellen Lancaster Wallis (Mrs Walter Reynolds), by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax129592

Ellen Lancaster Wallis (Mrs Walter Reynolds)

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 March 1879
NPG Ax129592

Charles Warner (Charles John Lickfold), by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax129593

Charles Warner (Charles John Lickfold)

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 March 1879
NPG Ax129593

Adelaide Neilson, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax129594

Adelaide Neilson

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 April 1879
NPG Ax129594

Violet Cameron (Violet Lydia Thompson), probably by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax129595

Violet Cameron (Violet Lydia Thompson)

probably by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 April 1879
NPG Ax129595

Ada Swanborough, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax129596

Ada Swanborough

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 May 1879
NPG Ax129596

Harry B. Conway (Harry Blenkinsopp Coulson), by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax129597

Harry B. Conway (Harry Blenkinsopp Coulson)

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 May 1879
NPG Ax129597

Sarah Bernhardt as Doña Maria in 'Ruy Blas', by Melandri, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax129598

Sarah Bernhardt as Doña Maria in 'Ruy Blas'

by Melandri, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 June 1879
NPG Ax129598

Sarah Bernhardt, by Melandri, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax129599

Sarah Bernhardt

by Melandri, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 June 1879
NPG Ax129599

Louise Moodie, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax129600

Louise Moodie

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 July 1879
NPG Ax129600

W.H. Vernon, probably by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax129601

W.H. Vernon

probably by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 July 1879
NPG Ax129601

Emily Fowler, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax28277

Emily Fowler

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 January 1879
NPG Ax28277

Edward O'Connor Terry, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG Ax28278

Edward O'Connor Terry

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 January 1879
NPG Ax28278

(Thomas) Henry Gartside Neville, by Lock & Whitfield - NPG x21486

(Thomas) Henry Gartside Neville

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype, published 1 August 1879
NPG x21486

William Rignold, by Lock & Whitfield - NPG x22050

William Rignold

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype, published 1 December 1879
NPG x22050

Edward O'Connor Terry, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG x26838

Edward O'Connor Terry

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 January 1879
NPG x26838

Adelaide Neilson, by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG x21485

Adelaide Neilson

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 April 1879
NPG x21485

Blanche Henri, by Lock & Whitfield - NPG x18416

Blanche Henri

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype, published 1 September 1879
NPG x18416

Charles Warner (Charles John Lickfold), by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG x27273

Charles Warner (Charles John Lickfold)

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 March 1879
NPG x27273

Lottie Venne, by Lock & Whitfield - NPG x27120

Lottie Venne

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype, published 1 October 1879
NPG x27120

John Lawrence Toole, by Thomas Cranfield - NPG x26923

John Lawrence Toole

by Thomas Cranfield
woodburytype, published 1 October 1879
NPG x26923

George Grossmith, by Lock & Whitfield - NPG x16920

George Grossmith

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype, published November 1879
NPG x16920

Frank Burnand, probably by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Wyman & Sons - NPG x4915

Frank Burnand

probably by Lock & Whitfield, published by Wyman & Sons
woodburytype, published 1 February 1879
NPG x4915

Caroline Heath, by Lock & Whitfield - NPG x17472

Caroline Heath

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype, published 1 November 1879
NPG x17472

Florence St John, by Lock & Whitfield - NPG x22329

Florence St John

by Lock & Whitfield
woodburytype, published 1 December 1879
NPG x22329

Sir Henry Irving, by Unknown photographer - NPG x17927

Sir Henry Irving

by Unknown photographer
carbon print, 1880s
NPG x17927

John Lawrence Toole as Barnaby Doublechick in 'The Upper Crust', by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x26924

John Lawrence Toole as Barnaby Doublechick in 'The Upper Crust'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
woodburytype, published June 1880
NPG x26924

Helena Modjeska-Chlapowska as Adrienne in 'Adrienne Lecouvreur', by Unknown photographer - NPG x21364

Helena Modjeska-Chlapowska as Adrienne in 'Adrienne Lecouvreur'

by Unknown photographer
woodburytype, published July 1880
NPG x21364

Fanny Mary Bernard-Beere (née Whitehead), by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company - NPG x6412

Fanny Mary Bernard-Beere (née Whitehead)

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
woodburytype, published September 1880
NPG x6412

Florence St John as Olivette in 'Olivette', by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, published by  Charles Dickens & Evans - NPG Ax35611

Florence St John as Olivette in 'Olivette'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, published by Charles Dickens & Evans
woodburytype, published 1 January 1881
NPG Ax35611

Myra Holme (Myra Emily (née Moore), Lady Pinero) as Clara Dart in 'The Mighty Dollar', by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Charles Dickens & Evans - NPG Ax35612

Myra Holme (Myra Emily (née Moore), Lady Pinero) as Clara Dart in 'The Mighty Dollar'

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Charles Dickens & Evans
woodburytype, published 1 February 1881
NPG Ax35612

Lizzie St Quinten in 'Mefisto', by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Charles Dickens & Evans - NPG Ax35613

Lizzie St Quinten in 'Mefisto'

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Charles Dickens & Evans
woodburytype, published 1 March 1881
NPG Ax35613

Helen Barry as Mabel Huntingford in 'The World', by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Charles Dickens & Evans - NPG Ax35614

Helen Barry as Mabel Huntingford in 'The World'

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Charles Dickens & Evans
woodburytype, published 1 April 1881
NPG Ax35614

Nellie Farren; Edward Terry; Kate Vaughan; Edward Royce in 'The Forty Thieves', by Samuel Alexander Walker, published by  Charles Dickens & Evans - NPG Ax35615

Nellie Farren; Edward Terry; Kate Vaughan; Edward Royce in 'The Forty Thieves'

by Samuel Alexander Walker, published by Charles Dickens & Evans
woodburytype, published May 1881
NPG Ax35615

Margaret Leighton (Mrs Margaret Alcott), by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Charles Dickens & Evans - NPG Ax35616

Margaret Leighton (Mrs Margaret Alcott)

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Charles Dickens & Evans
woodburytype, published 1 June 1881
NPG Ax35616

Lillie Langtry as Miss Hardcastle in 'She Stoops to Conquer', by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, published by  Charles Dickens & Evans - NPG Ax35618

Lillie Langtry as Miss Hardcastle in 'She Stoops to Conquer'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, published by Charles Dickens & Evans
woodburytype, 1881; published 1 February 1882
NPG Ax35618

Helen Barry as Mabel Huntingford in 'The World', by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Charles Dickens & Evans - NPG x239

Helen Barry as Mabel Huntingford in 'The World'

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Charles Dickens & Evans
woodburytype, published 1 April 1881
NPG x239

Nellie Farren, Edward Terry, Kate Vaughan and Edward Royce in 'The Forty Thieves', by Samuel Alexander Walker, published by  Charles Dickens & Evans - NPG x9397

Nellie Farren, Edward Terry, Kate Vaughan and Edward Royce in 'The Forty Thieves'

by Samuel Alexander Walker, published by Charles Dickens & Evans
woodburytype, published May 1881
NPG x9397

Florence St John as Olivette in 'Olivette', by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, published by  Charles Dickens & Evans - NPG x22331

Florence St John as Olivette in 'Olivette'

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company, published by Charles Dickens & Evans
woodburytype, published 1 January 1881
NPG x22331

Myra Holme (Myra Emily (née Moore), Lady Pinero) as Clara Dart in 'The Mighty Dollar', by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Charles Dickens & Evans - NPG x18540

Myra Holme (Myra Emily (née Moore), Lady Pinero) as Clara Dart in 'The Mighty Dollar'

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Charles Dickens & Evans
woodburytype, published 1 February 1881
NPG x18540

Lizzie St Quinten in 'Mefisto', by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Charles Dickens & Evans - NPG x134950

Lizzie St Quinten in 'Mefisto'

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Charles Dickens & Evans
woodburytype, published 1 March 1881
NPG x134950

Margaret Leighton (Mrs Margaret Alcott), by Lock & Whitfield, published by  Charles Dickens & Evans - NPG x19998

Margaret Leighton (Mrs Margaret Alcott)

by Lock & Whitfield, published by Charles Dickens & Evans
woodburytype, published 1 June 1881
NPG x19998