Red silk dress worn by Ellen Terry: 1885

Marcus Stone

 
Red silk dress worn by Ellen Terry: 1885
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 28cm

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Red silk dress worn by Ellen Terry as Olivia in "The Vicar of Wakefield". The dress consists of two pieces maroon silk with lace cuffs and net collar. It is a lace-up open front dress with a simple under dress. Ellen Terry was one of the greatest actresses of the late 19th century. She was particularly known for her partner-ship with fellow actor, Henry Irving. She first appeared in the title role of the sentimental comedy, Olivia, in 1878. Her performance inspired a fashion for Olivia-style ruffled caps and scarves, and Olivia postcards were circulated widely across Britain. The play was revived seven years later with Irving in the role of her father.

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