8th January 2014
Henry Irving (1838-1905) came from humble beginnings, rose to international fame and was knighted for his services to the theatre. Irving was the leading Shakespearean male actor of his generation and starred for many years with leading female Shakespearean actor, Ellen Terry. Irving toured Britain and the US and also successfully supervised the management of the Lyceum Theatre, London, where Bram Stoker was his personal assistant and general manager.
Irving was a close friend of Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and many other well-known artists. He was the toast of society and corresponded with the great and the good, including John Ruskin and the PreRaphaelite artists Edward Burne Jones, William Holman Hunt, Thomas Woolner, JE Millais, WM Rossetti and William Morris.