Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928) as 'Lady Macbeth' in William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'

after John Singer Sargent, RA (Florence 1856 - London 1925)
National Trust Inventory Number 1118236

Category Paintings
Date Unknown
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements
Place of origin
Collection Smallhythe Place, Kent (Accredited Museum)
Not on show

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928) as 'Lady Macbeth' in William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'. (Pencil note 'CARR' in capitals down edge). A copy after the original in Tate Britain from an invented pose, not seen in the performance of 1888 but Sargent was struck by the actresses appearance. Oscar Wilde, who saw Terry's arrival at Sargent's Chelsea studio, remarked, 'The street that on a wet and dreary morning has vouchsafed the vision of Lady Macbeth in full regalia magnificently seated in a four-wheeler can never again be as other streets: it must always be full of wonderful possibilities.'

Provenance

acquired with Smallhythe Place by National Trust in 1939

Makers and roles

after John Singer Sargent, RA (Florence 1856 - London 1925), artist

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Place of origin
Materials Canvas (10043)
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Category Paintings (12645)
Collection Smallhythe Place, Kent (Accredited Museum) (9517)
Periods
Maker John Singer Sargent, RA (Florence 1856 - London 1925) (33)
Subjects Dame (Alice) Ellen Terry (1847-1928) (451)
Portrait (1063)
Shakespeare (282)
Object Type Oil painting (12451)

Record Status

Enhanced

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