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Sir Henry Irving

Sir Henry Irving, by Phil May, 1899 -NPG 3681 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sir Henry Irving

by Phil May
Pencil drawing on cream wove paper, 1899
5 7/8 in. x 3 7/8 in. (150 mm x 97 mm) overall
NPG 3681

Inscriptionback to top

Signed in pencil at lower right: ‘PHIL May’.

This portraitback to top

This informal drawing is one of a set of studies of Henry Irving by Phil May, three of which are at the National Portrait Gallery (NPG 3679–3681). See NPG 3679 for details.

The paper, which is damaged at the right of the head, appears to have once been screwed up.

Carol Blackett-Ord

Physical descriptionback to top

Whole-length to front, seated in armchair, hands clasped on lap and legs crossed, wearing pince-nez, small smile on lips.

Conservationback to top

Conserved, 1984.

Provenanceback to top

Given by Miss Margaret S. Shields, 1949.

Exhibitionsback to top

Edward Gordon Craig: Man of the Theatre, centenary exhibition, Camden Arts Centre, London, 1972 (no further details).

NPG Room 28, 1997 and 2005 (no further details).

Reproductionsback to top

Connoisseur, vol.125, May 1950, p.122.

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