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Henry Irving's Death Mask [Aug. 8th, 2017|12:14 pm]
Tony Grist
Henry Irving was to the Victorian era what Lawrence Olivier was to the mid-20th century- the acknowledged head of the theatrical profession. As Olivier was the first actor to be made a peer so Irving was the first to be knighted. His productions at the Lyceum were noted for their beauty and spectacle- as if straining after the not-yet-existing condition of cinema- and also for their scholarship and intelligence. He was the definitive Hamlet, Shylock and Macbeth of his generation.

This death mask comes from the collection of theatrical knick-knackery belonging to Ellen Terry- his leading lady, muse and sometime lover...

What a strange and beautiful face it is...


[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2017-08-14 10:52 am (UTC)
Surely at some stage that nose must have been broken!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-08-14 05:57 pm (UTC)
It does rather look like it.
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