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Julia Neilson-Terry (1868–1957), FRAM, as Drusilla Ives in 'The Dancing Girl'

Photo credit: Royal Academy of Music

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Julia Neilson-Terry (1868–1957) is depicted full-length as Drusilla Ives in 'The Dancing Girl', shown in a private moment peering out from behind the grand red velvet theatre curtain before going onstage. She wears a long pink dress and her head is held high. In her autobiography, 'This for Remembrance' (1940), she wrote of her marriage to Fred Terry: 'We had no time for a honeymoon, for our work still claimed us. We received, however, many wedding presents, one of the being from John Collier, who gave me a portrait of myself as Drusilla Ives'. She also recalled her memories of the visit to the Academy in 1888 of the pianist and composer Franz Liszt: 'Why can't I remember what he played? I can only remember the emotion that swept us all, the awful, tear-compelling rapture which is one of the lovely, spontaneous things of youth, and makes glamour out of memory'.

Royal Academy of Music



Julia Neilson-Terry (1868–1957), FRAM, as Drusilla Ives in 'The Dancing Girl'




oil on canvas


H 233 x W 145 cm

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presented by the sitter, 1927

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John Collier


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