The collection comprises of correspondence by Terry to Robert Falcon Scott written during the British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901-1904.
Ellen Terry collection
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- ReferenceGB 15 Ellen Terry
- Dates of Creation1904
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical DescriptionCorrespondence (1 leaf)
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
(Alice) Ellen Terry was born in Coventry in 1847, the daughter of an actor and actress. In 1856, she made her first appearance on the stage as the boy Mamillius in The Winter's Tale at the Princess's Theatre, London. After a brief marriage in 1864 to the painter, George Frederic Watts, Terry established herself as Britain's foremost Shakespearean actress. In 1878, she began an association with Henry Irving at the Lyceum, playing the leading female parts in all Irving's productions until 1896. After parting from Irving, Terry became an actor-manager in 1903, helping to popularise the work of Henrik Ibsen and George Bernard Shaw. Between 1910 and 1915, she went on a lecture-tour of the United States, England and Australia. In 1925, she was created G.B.E. Declining into blindness and with failing health; she died in 1928 at Tenterden, Kent.
The correspondence is arranged chronologically.
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Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Spartacus Educational and Dictionary of National Biography, 1922-1930, Oxford University Press London (1937) and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034
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Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing, New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.
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