Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928) as Lady Macbeth in William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'
John Singer Sargent, RA (Florence 1856 - London 1925)
Oil painting on canvas, Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928) as Lady Macbeth in William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' by John Singer Sargent RA (Florence 1856 - London 1925), 1888. A full-length portrait, surrounded by indistinct bowing figures, standing in front of an archway. Inscribed 'To my friend Miss Terry - John S. Sargent'. A grisaille replica (for reproduction in Ellen Terry's golden jubilee programme of 12 June 1906) is in the National Portrait Gallery of which the artist wrote: 'You must think of me as one of the people bowing down to you in the picture'.
acquired with Smallhythe Place by National Trust in 1939
Marks and inscriptions
To my friend Miss Terry / John S. Sargent (inscribed in bottom corner of painting)
Makers and roles
John Singer Sargent, RA (Florence 1856 - London 1925), artist
SARGENT, Portraits of Artists and Friends (Ed. Richard Ormond and Elaine Kilmurray), National Portrait Gallery, London, from 12 February to 25 May 2015, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from 29 June to 4 October 2015., 47, pp.140&141