Lady Macbeth


Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth, John Singer Sargent c.1889

“One of Mrs. Nettleship’s greatest triumphs was my Lady Macbeth dress…The picture of me is nearly finished, and I think it is magnificent. The green and blue of the dress is splendid, and the expression as Lady Macbeth holds the crown over her head is quite wonderful . . .” E. Terry

In 1888 the red-haired actress Ellen Terry staged as Lady Macbeth in a glorious and shimmering green  dress made with the iridescent wings of 1,000 beetles beetle wigs.

“The street that on a wet and dreary morning has vouchsafed the vision of Lady Macbeth in full regalia magnificently seated in a four-wheeler can never again be as other streets.” Oscar Wilde

“There before me was Lady Macbeth in the glorious robe of green beetle wings … Her face was wreathed in smiles, and almost the first words she said were ‘Is not this a lovely robe? It is so easy, and one does not have to wear corsets.'”


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