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Mrs Patrick Campbell

Photographers: Mayall and Co.

'Portrait of the actress Mrs Patrick Campbell, 1893'

Photographic portrait galleries had begun to appear as early as the 1850s and the genre remained popular until the end of the century. 

Herbert Barraud’s Men and women of the day, later edited by Charles Eglinton, began publication in 1888, with three photographs issued each month at a price of two shillings and sixpence. The series proposed to make available portraits of ‘those persons of most interest to the world at the moment,’ with subjects selected from politics, the arts, the professions and high society. Mounted on stiff card, the portraits were designed to be equally suitable for binding into book form or for framed display.

Born Beatrice Stella Tanner, Campbell became the second wife of George Cornwallis-West, previously married to Jennie Jerome, the mother of Winston Churchill. In 1914, she played Eliza Doolittle in the original production of Shaw's Pygmalion. By then she was the biggest name on the London stage.

Carbon print

From Charles Eglinton (ed.), Men and Women of the Day (London, 1890-93), vol. 6, 1893

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