Ellen Alice Terry

Ellen Alice Terry
Birth and death
1847 - 1928
Profession details
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Alistair Grant

Ellen Alice Terry, (1847-1928), actress. Ellen Terry was drawn into the social circle at 'Little Holland House' after acting in Tom Taylor's comedy 'Nine Points of the Law' at the Olympic Theatre in 1859. Whilst acting in Tom Taylor's hit comedy 'Our American Cousin' at the Haymarket Theatre, Ellen Terry left acting to marry George Frederick Watts on 20th February 1864. She went to live with Watts in 'Little Holland House', the home of Thoby and Sara Prinsep. Watts was 47, Terry almost 17. The marriage lasted less than a year. Terry however, met Browning, Tennyson, Gladstone, Disraeli, and the photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. Watts had painted her in 1862 with her sister Kate, and she became the model for numerous paintings by him. After their separation she became an art object and cult figure for the Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic poets and painters, including Oscar Wilde.

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