Sir Henry Irving
1 of 122 portraits of Sir Henry Irving
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Sir Henry Irving
by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, circa 1869-1870
13 1/4 in. x 8 7/8 in. (337 mm x 227 mm) overall
Transferred from National Portrait Gallery Reference Collection, 1994
Sitterback to top
- Sir Henry Irving (John Henry Brodribb) (1838-1905), Actor-manager. Sitter in 122 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Harry Furniss (1854-1925), Caricaturist. Artist associated with 435 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.
Events of 1869back to top
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