Print

May 1912 (printed)

unknown

Height: 30.1 cm, Width: 23.6 cm

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Head and shoulders sketch of the actress Ellen Terry (1874-1928) as Cordelia inKing Lear by William Shakespeare. The sketch is not signed but is dated May 1912

Head and shoulders sketch of the actress Ellen Terry (1874-1928) as Cordelia in <i>King Lear</i> by William Shakespeare. The sketch is not signed but is dated May 1912. The sketch shows Terry in a seated position. She is wearing a long cloak decorated with celtic motifs over a loose tunic style dress.

Head and shoulders sketch of the actress Ellen Terry (1874-1928) as Cordelia in <i>King Lear</i> by William Shakespeare. The sketch is not signed but is dated May 1912. The subject of this portrait, the actress Ellen Terry (1847-1928) came from a theatrical family and started acting as a child. She was first employed by Sir Henry Irving at the Lyceum Theatre in 1878 and was his leading lady until 1902. Their on-stage partnership became one of the most famous in the history of the theatre. She had retired from the stage by 1922 when William Egerton Smith painted this plate, but was still regarded as one of the greatest and best-loved British actresses. She was made a made a Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire in 1925.

Gabrielle Enthoven Collection

Location: In Storage

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