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Marion Terry as Mrs Errol and Vera Beringer as Cedric Errol in 'The Real Little Lord Fauntleroy'

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Marion Terry as Mrs Errol and Vera Beringer as Cedric Errol in 'The Real Little Lord Fauntleroy'

by Herbert Rose Barraud, published by Eglington & Co
carbon print, published 1 July 1889
4 1/4 in. x 3 1/2 in. (108 mm x 89 mm) image size
Purchased, 1980
Photographs Collection
NPG Ax9347

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  • Vera Beringer (1879-1964), Actress and dramatist. Sitter in 10 portraits.
  • Marion Bessie Terry (1853-1930), Actress; sister of Ellen Terry. Sitter in 22 portraits.

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The London Dock strike takes place resulting in a victory for the dock workers striking over pay and conditions.
Prevention of Cruelty to Children Act, allowing legal intervention between children and parents for the first time.
Charles Booth, the English social scientist, publishes the first volume of Life and Labour of the People, an extensive survey into the living conditions of London's East End working class communities.

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George Gissing's The Nether World, a dark account of the lives of the urban poor in Clerkenwell, is published. Gissing absorbs the French naturalist style of writers such as Emile Zola to produce a harshly realistic observation of life in London at the end of the nineteenth century.


The Eiffel Tower is erected, designed by the French engineer and bridge builder Alexandre Gustave Eiffel for the Paris Exposition. At 300m high, it was the tallest manmade structure in the world at the time.
The Second International organisation is formed at a Congress in Paris by various socialist and labour parties, with the intention of working together for international socialism. It also declared 1 May International Labour Day.

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Alan Garner

03 April 2018, 18:10

Your photo, NPG Ax9347, should read Marion Terry as Mrs Errol, and Vera Beringer as Cedric Errol, in The Real Little Lord Fauntleroy. It opened at the Opera Comique on 17th December 1888. Mary Rorke played Mrs Errol, and was replaced by Marion Terry in 1889.

Little Lord Fauntleroy was originally a book written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. She was abroad in Italy, when she heard that a writer in London, E.V. Seebohm, had written a play version of Little Lord Fauntleroy. She left for London Immediately, writing her own Fauntleroy play on the train, and intended to take legal action. Seebohm’s play opened at the Prince of Wales’ on 23rd February 1888, with Mary Rorke as Mrs Errol, and Annie Hughes as Cedric Errol.
Frances’ version, The Real Little Lord Fauntleroy, opened at Terry’s Theatre on 14th May 1888, with Winifred Emery as Mrs Errol, and Vera Beringer as Cedric Errol.
It moved to the Opera Comique, East Strand, on 17th December 1888, with Mary Rorke replacing Winifred Emery as Mrs Errol.
Frances Hodgson Burnett hired a lawyer and sued E.V. Seebohm for violating the Copyright Act of 1842. The judge ruled in Frances’ favour, and ruled against any further performance of the Seebohm play.

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