Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth  1889

by John Singer Sargent

Presented by Sir Joseph Duveen 1906 [br] Label (2004): The famous actress, Dame Ellen Terry (1847-1928), is shown here in the role of Lady Macbeth. At the first performance in 1888, Sargent was struck by Terry's appearance and persuaded her to sit for a portrait. He invented her dramatic pose, which did not occur in the production. Oscar Wilde, who saw Terry's arrival at ...
2210 x 1143 mm
Oil on canvas
Courtesy of Tate Britain