Irving, Henry B.

Photograph signed by the actor-lawyer, eldest son of Sir Henry Irving

Price: $30.00

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(1870-1919) British stage actor, actor-manager; eldest son of Sir Henry Irving. Although, as a child, he appeared a couple of times in his father's productions, he attended Marlborough College and after went to New College, Oxford where he studied law and appeared in some student productions. In 1894, he was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple, but instead decided to become an actor, taking the stage name H. B. Irving to distinguish himself from his father. His first stage appearance, at 21, was at the Garrick Theatre, London, in “School”. In 1906 he toured with success throughout the US, appearing in plays made memorable by his father, “The Lyons Mail”, “Charles I”, and “The Bells”. His early years as an actor were spent in the shadow of his father, especially as, at first, he was a member of Sir Henry Irving's Company. In 1896, he married Dorothea Baird, at that time the best known actress in Britain. He continued to be part of his father's company, but in 1898, he joined George Alexander at the St James's Theatre, playing Don John in “Much Ado About Nothing”, and appeared in the surprising hit, “The Ambassador”. For the next 7 years, the couple moved between companies, sometimes together, sometimes separately. In 1900, they both appeared in Beerbohm Tree's production of “A Midsummer Night's Dream” that ran for 153 performances at Her Majesty's Theatre. In 1904, Irving played Hamlet for the first time, a popular success at the Adelphi Theatre. After his father's death, he established his own company, with his wife, playing mainly repeats of Sir Henry Irving's best remembered performances. For the opening night of the new King's Theatre in Southsea he presented “Charles I”, “The Bells” and “The Lyons Mail”. Occasionally, other plays were presented including, most successfully, “Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” at the Queen's Theatre, London. In 1911, Irving, Baird and their London Company toured Australia, again presenting “Hamlet”. In 1913 he visited South Africa, and in 1914, appeared with Basil Rathbone in “The Sin of David” at the Savoy Theatre. During WW I, he withdrew from the theatre and returned to the law. He wrote the study for which he is now most famous, “A Book of Remarkable Criminals”, published in 1918, which examined the lives, motivations and crimes of some infamous murderers, and “Life of Judge Jeffreys”, “French Criminals of the 19th Century” and other papers on the subject. After 20 years in the theatre, his greatest success came from being a legal expert. H.B.Irving was a founding member of Our Society with Arthur Conan Doyle (among others), the still flourishing "Murder Club” in London where old crimes are discussed at regularly held dinners. SP, 5 ½ x 3 ½ undated English b&w glossy postcard photograph by Foulsham & Banfield, 1114 T Rotary Photo E.C., in costume from “Charles I.”

Condition: Very good
Type:Photograph






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