Oil painting on canvas, Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928) as Lady Macbeth in William Shakespeare's Macbeth, after John Singer Sargent, RA (Florence 1856 - London 1925). Inscribed in pencil, in capitals, down edge: CARR. 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 actress's 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.'
acquired with Smallhythe Place by National Trust in 1939
Smallhythe Place, The Ellen Terry Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
after John Singer Sargent, RA (Florence 1856 - London 1925), artist