Ellen Terry

Ellen Terry

Marble

25 inches (63.5 cm.)

Provenance: A. Paterson. Norwich

Alice Ellen Terry was born in Coventry, England, the third born child in a theatrical family. Her parents, Benjamin and Sarah (née Ballard), were comic actors in a touring company based in Portsmouth and bad eleven children, at least five of whom became actors.

Terry's first appearance on stage came at the age of eight, when she appeared opposite Charles Kean as Mamillius in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale at London's Princess's Theatre in 1856. She also toured in sketches and plays, accompanied by her parents. [continued below]

Photograph and text courtesy Robert Bowman