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Sir Henry Irving was the greatest actor of the Victorian age and was thought of by Gladstone as his greatest contemporary. He transformed the theatre, in Britain and America, from a disreputable and marginal entertainment into a respected, civilising and uplifting art form. Irving's enthusiastic supporters, eager to see his every appearance, ranged from Queen Victoria to working men and.


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Ford Madox Brown and Sir Henry Irving's Production of King Lear at the Lyceum Theatre in 1892. The collaboration between painter and player is nowhere clearer than in Ford Madox Brown's contributions to Sir Henry Irving's 1892 production of King Lear.Brown's earliest endeavors with the play in Paris in 1843-44 resulted in a series of eighteen pen-and-ink sketches of various scenes.


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Bram Stoker and actor Henry Irving, the inspiration for Dracula, visited in 1884 NEWS Bram Stoker and actor Henry Irving, the inspiration for Dracula, visited in 1884 Jeff Suess.


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Bram Stoker (L) and Sir Henry Irving (R). Image Credits: Unidentified photographer, public domain; Lock and Whitfield, public domain The role of Count Dracula was not one that Henry Irving.


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Feb. 6, 1838, Keinton Mandeville, Somerset, Eng. Died: Oct. 13, 1905, Bradford, Yorkshire (aged 67) See all related content →


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Mr. Birrell holds a brief for this view. But here was a man, like all great artists, so much greater than his art — for Art too is but a handmaiden in the House of the Soul — that by sheer weight.


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7 min read · Aug 20, 2021 Sir Henry Irving, the Actor Knight From Nowhere Sir Henry Irving, photographed by Lock & Whitfield, London, 1870 The first actor ever knighted was considered too tall.


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Actor/manager Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905) was considered the greatest Shakespearean actor of his generation and was the first member of the profession to be honoured with a knighthood. Irving was born in Somerset to a strict Methodist family and was christened John Brodribb hence wag Sir Max Beerbohm cruelly dubbing him 'the knight from.


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We regret to announce that Sir Henry Irving died at Bradford late last night. He had been playing "Becket" at the Theatre Royal, and on returning to his hotel had an attack of syncope, to which.


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Sir Henry Irving - Biography 'The knight from nowhere': Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905) Henry Irving as Mathias in 'The Bells' Henry Irving's knighthood in 1895, the first bestowed upon an actor, was the climax of a lifetime's tireless proselytising for recognition of his 'beloved calling'.


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In 1859 he played minor parts at the Princess's Theatre and gave dramatic readings in Crosby Hall. By 1867 he was at the St James's; and later, at the Queen's Theatre, he played opposite Ellen Terry for the first time in Katherine and Petruchio.


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Statue of Henry Irving The sculpture in 2023 Artist Thomas Brock Year 1910 Subject Henry Irving Location London, United Kingdom Listed Building - Grade II Official name Statue of Sir Henry Irving Designated 24 February 1958 Reference no. 1357292 Coordinates 51°30′35″N 0°07′42″W  /  51.50968°N 0.12821°W  / 51.50968; -0.12821 A statue of Henry Irving stands near the.


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Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905) Sir Henry Irving was the stage name of John Henry Brodribb, who was born in 1838 and raised in a working-class family. He was one of the most famous British actor-managers and dominated the late Victorian Stage (along with Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree ). He was born in Somerset but lived in London from the age of ten.


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Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905) - The Irving Society Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905) Born in Somerset in 1838, the year of Victoria's Coronation, Irving's rise to prominent as an actor-manager was a slow and torturous one. Against his Methodist mother's wishes he chose a profession still much tarnished with the stigma of rogues and vagabonds.


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Life and career Irving was born to a working-class family in Keinton Mandeville in the county of Somerset. [1] W.H. Davies, the celebrated poet, was a cousin. Irving spent his childhood living with his aunt, Mrs Penberthy, at Halsetown in Cornwall.


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Welcome to the website of the Irving Society. Within these pages, you will find a wealth of information about the Victorian actor-manager Sir Henry Irving and his nineteenth-century contemporaries, as well as details of the work of the Society. Over the coming months, we will update and add further content, including event details.