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Charles John Kean (1811-1868), Actor and theatre manager; second son of Edmund Kean

Sitter associated with 27 portraits
Determined to become an actor, he made his first appearance at Drury Lane in 1827 as Norval in Home's Douglas, but his failure to achieve popularity led him to leave London the following year for the provinces. His next London appearance was in 1833 as 'Sir Edmund Mortimer' in Colman's The Iron Chest, but his success was still not pronounced enough for him to remain in the capital. In 1838, he returned to Drury Lane, and played Hamlet with a success which placed him among the principal tragedians of his time. In 1850 he became joint lessee of the Princess Theatre. The most noteworthy feature of his management was a series of highly regarded Shakespearean revivals.

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1249

Charles John Kean

by Samuel John Stump
oil on canvas, circa 1830
NPG 1249

2772(33a)

Charles John Kean

by Jemima Blackburn (nee Wedderburn)
watercolour, 1833-1857
NPG 2772(33a)

2772(33b)

Charles John Kean

by Jemima Blackburn (nee Wedderburn)
watercolour, 1833-1857
NPG 2772(33b)

2524

Charles John Kean

by Rose Myra Drummond
chalk, circa 1838
NPG 2524

1307

Charles John Kean

by E. Goodwyn Lewis
chalk, 1850-1875
NPG 1307

x12602

Charles John Kean

after John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, circa late 1850s
NPG x12602

Ax17871

Charles John Kean

by Maull & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax17871

x12603

Charles John Kean

by Martin Laroche (William Henry Silvester)
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x12603

x132400

Charles John Kean

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, early-mid 1860s
NPG x132400

Ax25041

Charles John Kean

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG Ax25041

Ax25045

Charles John Kean

by Horatio Nelson King
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1863
NPG Ax25045

x12601

Charles John Kean

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG x12601

Ax39835

Charles John Kean

by Horatio Nelson King
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1863
NPG Ax39835

D36754

Charles John Kean

by Unknown artist
lithograph, mid 19th century
NPG D36754

D17076

Charles John Kean as Louis XI

by Richard James Lane, published by John Mitchell, after C.S.L.
lithograph, mid 19th century
NPG D17076

D3450

Charles John Kean as Gloucester in 'Richard III'

published by John Tallis & Company, after Reid
stipple and line engraving, circa 1839-1846
NPG D3450

D36753

Charles John Kean as Macbeth

by Richard James Lane, printed by M & N Hanhart, published by John Mitchell, after Alfred Edward Chalon
lithograph, published 1 October 1840
NPG D36753

D3449

Charles John Kean as Hamlet

after a daguerreotype by William Paine
line engraving, 1840s?
NPG D3449