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Smallhythe Place [Aug. 7th, 2017|12:48 pm]
Tony Grist
Smallhythe Place was originally a Tudor shipwright's house, later the home of the actress Ellen Terry- and is now a National Trust property, housing Terry's collection of theatrical memorabilia. The house and gardens are beautiful and the collection ranges from the snuffbox from which Joseph Grimaldi (Joey the clown) took a pinch of snuff just before he died to the green, beetlewing dress which Terry wore to play Lady Macbeth. The dress looks considerably more spectacular in Sargent's famous portrait than it does in real life.

This final picture shows the bottom of the garden with St John the Baptist's church- which is roughly contemporary with the house- behind.

Following on from our visit I've been reading Terry's Autobiography- The Story of my Life- which is full of lively theatrical anecdotes and good advice to actors and utterly lacking in point-scoring and malice.


[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2017-08-07 04:25 pm (UTC)
Great photos. I believe Ellen Terry also mentored a young Laurence Olivier (although I could be mistaken).

Your link to the Lady Macbeth dress is bad -- here's the correct link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Terry#/media/File:Ellen_Terry_as_Lady_Macbeth.jpg
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-08-07 05:13 pm (UTC)
Terry died in 1928, Olivier began his professional career in 1926. Wikipedia says she saw him as a schoolboy- playing Brutus- and said he was already a great actor. That's all I know.

Thank you for the correction.
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[User Picture]From: resonant
2017-08-08 06:37 pm (UTC)
That would make me nervous that it is about to collapse.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-08-08 07:03 pm (UTC)
Well, it's stood for over 500 years...
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