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Elizabeth Inchbald (1753-1821), Actress and writer

Sitter in 8 portraits
Elizabeth Inchbald was a novelist, playwright, and actress whose successful prose romances, A Simple Story (1791) and Nature and Art (1796), are early examples of romantic fiction. At the age of eighteen she ran away to London to seek her fortune on the stage, married Joseph Inchbald, an actor, and played the provincial theatres with him. Inchbald continued to act after his death in 1779 and also began to adapt plays and write original farces and comedies such as I'll Tell You What (1785).

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D16734

Elizabeth Inchbald

by Wooding, published by John Sewell, after John Russell
hand-coloured line engraving, published 1788
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D16738

Elizabeth Inchbald

by T.S. Seed, after Unknown artist
stipple engraving, published 1794
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D16737

Elizabeth Inchbald

by William Ridley, published by Vernor & Hood
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 31 December 1798
NPG D16737

D16735

Elizabeth Inchbald

by Samuel Freeman, published by William Smith, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 1807
NPG D16735

D16736

Elizabeth Inchbald

after Samuel Drummond
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 1821?
NPG D16736

D14206

Elizabeth Inchbald

by Anthony Walker, and by Collings, published by Thomas Bellamy, after Thomas Cook
line engraving, published 1 September 1787
NPG D14206

D14985

Elizabeth Inchbald

by Wooding, published by John Sewell, after John Russell
line engraving, published 1788
NPG D14985