Bram Stoker Estate



The Authoritative Resource for Information about Bram Stoker’s Life and Work

Sir Henry Irving

Bram Stoker’s Circle of Friends

Ellen-Terry-Lyceum-actress-friend of Bram-Stoker

Dame Ellen Terry


Acclaimed British actress, shown here at age 16. Born into a theatre family, which included

great-nephew Sir John Gielgud, she was on the

stage at age eight, and joined the Lyceum Troupe

in 1878, where she stayed for twenty-four years.


Sir Winston Churchill


British Prime minister,

winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature


'Churchill's Druids and Britain’s Satanic Prime Minister'

by Simon Strickland-Smith


Sir Thomas Hall Caine

1853- 1931

“Hommy-Beg”, best-selling author, and

dearest friend of Bram Stoker, to whom

Dracula was dedicated

The World of Hall Caine

Page updated 23 February 2013


Pamela Coleman Smith


Artist, illustrator, writer

Link to Phil Norfleet’s

Account of Her Lyceum Friendships


Dame Genevieve Ward DBE

1837 – 1922

American born soprano and actress,

Lucy Genevieve Teresa Ward, Bram Stoker’s first known romantic interest, would remain his dear friend, even long after his marriage to Florence Balcombe.

Read her

NY Times Obituary

Samuel Langhorne Clemens


American author, “Mark Twain”, who like his friend Bram Stoker, enjoyed a special  sense of humor.

Sir Henry Irving, “The Guv’nor”


Great Shakespearean actor, born John Henry Bodribb, shown here in a painting by John Everett Millais, member of London’s Garrick Club, as were Irving and Stoker.

Read a fascinating perspective written by actor, Max Montesole

The Irving Society


1st Baroness Burdett-Coutts, Angela Georgina


A leading philanthropist, supporting everything from bee-keeping and drinking fountains for dogs, to countless projects to benefit the poor, Angela was close friends with Bram. Surviving letters hint at a discreet, romantic link to Bram’s older brother, Thornley


Lord Alfred Tennyson


British Poet Laureate, whom Bram first met in 1876, and held in very high esteem. Bram & Florence Stoker visited with Tennyson at his Farrington House on the Isle of Wight, not long before Tennyson’s death..


Buffalo Bill Cody


One of the most colorful figures of the American West, Cody fought in the American Civil War and Plains War, and earned his nickname by killing prodigious numbers of buffalo. Cody made his fortune with his Wild West Show, touring the United States and Europe. He formed friendships with Bram Stoker and Henry Irving, who squired him around London.  Cody was surely the basis for Texan Quincey Morris in Dracula.

Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle

1859 - 1930

Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey

Scottish physician, prolific writer, and creator of detective Sherlock Holmes. A dedicated Spiritualist, Conan Doyle participated in seances and believed in faeries.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Bram Stoker Visits Conan Doyle at Undershaw

William-Gilbert-friend-of Bram-Stoker

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert


English poet, dramatist, lyricist, illustrator & theater reviewer, a member of London’s Garrick & Beefsteak Clubs

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan

1842- 1900

English musician and composer, best known for his work with W.S. Gilbert, he also wrote‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ and enjoyed horse-racing


Mary Cora Urquhart Brown-Potter


Red-haired American, society star who took to the

stage in England and Ireland despite the social stigma. Divorced her husband and joined H.Beerbohm Tree’s theatre company. Oscar Wilde offered her the part of Salome, which she declined.


Baroness de Bazus

1836 - 1914

Author and publisher, born Miriam Florence Folline of New Orleans. Also known as Frank Leslie after she legally took her deceased third husband’s name. Her fourth marriage to Oscar Wilde’s brother, Willy, ended in divorce after two years.

Robert Barr                       Conan Doyle              Robert McClure

                        Miss Doyle         Mrs. Conan Doyle          1904


James Abbott McNeil Whistler

1834 - 1903

American born artist

After West Point, he worked as a draftsman, entertaining himself by decorating his maps with mermaids, sea serpents, whales, etc. before establishing his art & his distinctive butterfly signature abroad.


Theodore Roosevelt

1858 - 1919

Suffering from asthma, Roosevelt’s stay at home, sickly childhood was reminiscent of Bram’s own. Bram met New York City police commissioner Roosevelt in 1895, and noted "Must be President some day. A man you can't cajole, can't frighten, can't buy." Roosevelt would be governor  of New York,

vice- president and the 26th U.S. President.

His slogan was, "Speak softly and carry a big stick.”


Sir Philip Burne-Jones

1861 - 1926

Painted his most famous work,“The Vampire”

in 1897.



George du Maurier

1834 - 1896

French cartoonist and author of of the hugely popular Gothic horror novel, Trilby, which inspired the “Phantom of the Opera” by Leroux. He also drew the cartoon of the Stoker family at Whitby for “Punch”.

Genevieve Ward
Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt

1811 - 1886

Hungarian composer & pianist, was in the circle, though not a close friend. Bram recounted in Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving:

As it was necessary to keep away all who might intrude upon him — enthusiasts, interviewers, cranks, autograph-fiends, notoriety seekers who would like to be seen in his box — we arranged a sort of fortress for him. Next to the royal box on the grand tier O.P. was another box separated only by a partition, part of which could be taken down. This box was on the outside from the Proscenium. We had the door of this box screwed up so that

entrance to it could only be had through the royal box. Liszt sat here with some of the others unassailable, as one of the Mr. Littletons kept the key of the other box and none could obtain entrance without permission.

There was an interesting party at supper in the Beefsteak Room, amongst them, in addition to the party at the play, the following: Ellen Terry, Professor Max-Miiller, Lord and Lady Wharncliffe, Sir Alexander and Lady Mackenzie, Sir Alfred Cooper, Walter Bach and Miss Bach, Sir Morell Mackenzie, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Littleton, Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Littleton, Mr. and Mrs. William Beatty Kingston, and the Misses Casella.

Liszt sat on the right hand of Ellen Terry who faced Irving. From where I sat at the end of the table I could not but notice the quite extraordinary resemblance in the profiles of the two men. After supper Irving went round and sat next him and the likeness became a theme of comment from all present. Irving was then forty-eight years of age; but he looked still a young man, with raven black hair and face without a line. His neck was then without a line or mark of age. Liszt, on the other hand, looked older than his age. His stooping shoulders and long white hair made him seem of patriarchal age. Nevertheless the likeness of the two men was remarkable. Stavenhagen played, but as it was thought by all that Liszt must be too tired after a long day no opening was made for him much as all longed to hear him. The party did not break up till four o'clock in the morning. The note in my diary runs: "Liszt fine face — leonine — several large pimples — prominent chin of old man — long white hair down on shoulders — all call him ' Master' — must have had great strength in youth. Very sweet and simple in manner. H. I. and he very much alike — seemed old friends as they talked animatedly though knowing but a few words of each other's language — but using much expression and gesticulation. It was most interesting."

The next day Irving and my wife and I, together with some others, lunched with the Baroness Burdett-Coutts in Stratton Street to meet Liszt. After lunch there was a considerable gathering of friends asked to meet him. Lady Burdett-Coutts very thoughtfully had the pianos removed from the drawing-rooms, lest their presence might seem as though he were expected to play. After a while he noticed the absence and said to his hostess:

"I see you have no pianos in these rooms!" She answered frankly that she had had them removed so that he would not be tempted to play unless he wished to do so.

"But I would like some music!" he said, and then went on:

"I have no doubt but there is a piano in the house, and that it could be brought here easily!"

It was not long before the servants brought into the great drawing-room a grand piano worthy of even his hands. Then Antoinette Sterling sang some ballads in her own delightful way with the contralto whose tones went straight to one's heart.

"Now I will play!" said Liszt. And he did!It was magnificent and never to be forgotten.

"By showing him amongst his friends and and explaining who those friends are;

by giving incidents with explanatory matter of intention; by telling of the pressure of circumstance and his bearing under it; by affording such glimpses of his inner life and mind as one man may of another."

-Bram Stoker in Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving