Sir Henry Irving
Hamlet : Hamlet
Wooden base 8 x 9.5 x 9.5
“E Onslow” (behind left shoulder)
Ifan Kyrle Fletcher catalogue No. 90 (1959), item 85; bought by Lincoln Kirstein, by whom presented to the American Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, Connecticut; returned to Lincoln Kirstein 1975; presented by Lincoln Kirstein to the Garrick Club, 1983
1885 London, R. A. (2131) ?
For a plaster version see B0139
Onslow Ford made something of a speciality of portraying Irving as Hamlet. His life-size seated figure in white marble, now in the Guildhall Art Gallery, was shown at the R.A. 1883 (1628). S0021 may be the Hamlet shown at the R.A. in 1885; and another Hamlet was shown posthumously at the R.S.P.P. in 1909 (181). The “Magazine of Art” (1902) p. 181, illustrated another full-length figure of Irving as Hamlet by the same artist.