When I saw this cabinet card from the United Kingdom, I immediately assumed it must have come from a Victorian production of Shakespeare’s King Lear. The tragic play revolves around the relationship between the king and his youngest daughter, Cordelia. I spent some time looking for images of historical productions of the play, but found surprisingly few, and none that closely resembled this one.
I did find that in 2018 the BBC released an abridged movie of the tragedy, set in a fictional present time. The king and his three daughters are played by Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Emily Watson and Florence Pugh (as Cordelia).
Shakespeare Magazine has photos of the film’s cast, along with a helpful description of each character. In one of those images, below, I think Florence Pugh actually resembles the actress in the cabinet card photo, even if their costumes are very different:
If you think the photo might be from a different play, please say so in the comments!