Dame Ellen Terry
Queen Katherine : Henry VIII
Royal Doulton porcelain; (catalogue HN379)
Maker’s mark: printed Doulton mark under base
Bought by Richard Bebb from Keith Harding Antiques, Hornsey Road, North London, c.1958
Queen Katharine stands on a stepped plinth draped with carpets, and strikes a questioning pose. Her brocaded dress is a greenish ivory colour with cream trim. It has elaborately puffed sleeves and a long train that spreads round her feet. This figure is a pair with B0034.
The leading actress at Irving’s Lyceum Theatre, Ellen Terry first performed Queen Katharine, to Irving’s Wolsey, at the Lyceum on 5 January 1892. Her grace and beauty, as well as her musical voice and strong personality, charmed all audiences. The smitten Bernard Shaw lyrically proclaimed ‘Ellen Terry is the most beautiful name in the world. It rings like a charm through the last quarter of the nineteenth century.’