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Ellen Terry Silk Scarf

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Inspired by the flower detail in G F Watts' iconic image of Ellen Terry ('Choosing'), this silk scarf was designed exclusively for the National Portrait Gallery by Amet & Ladoue.

Born in Coventry where her actor parents were on tour. Terry was one of eleven siblings and won fame as a child first appearing on stage in 1856 with Charles Kean. Married the painter G.F. Watts in 1864 but separated within a year. Terry had two children by the architect Edward Godwin, Edith Craig and Edward gordon Craig. Returned to stage in 1872 to establish herself as a leading actress with the Bancroft's and John Hare’s company. She performed her most memorable roles under the management of Henry Irving with whom she undertook provincial tours and toured America seven times. In later life she continued to act but also produced plays, lectured and wrote.

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Material: 100% silk

Special instructions: Dry clean only

Country of origin: India

More about this portrait: Ellen Terry ('Choosing') by George Frederic Watts.
Oil on strawboard mounted on Gatorfoam, 1864.

This delicate yet sensuous portrait shows the seventeen-year-old Ellen Terry choosing between the camellias, which despite their luscious appearance have little scent, and the violets in her hand which are far humbler in appearance but smell sweeter. The choice, which is symbolic of that between worldly vanities and higher virtues, had a personal significance for the artist and the sitter.

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