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John Philip Kemble (1757-1823), Actor

Sitter associated with 41 portraits
Actor, theatre manager and playwright, John Philip Kemble was the oldest son of Roger Kemble, who managed a touring theatre company. He followed his sister Sarah Siddons to Drury Lane, where he first appeared as Hamlet in 1783. He played a wide range of characters and excelled in Shakespearian tragedy, often appearing opposite Siddons. Between 1788 and 1796 he was also actor-manager at Drury Lane under Richard Brinsley Sheridan until he and Siddons defected to Covent Garden Theatre where he became manager and part-owner. He wrote a number of plays and had a deep knowledge of drama and stagecraft. He retired in 1817 after playing the title role in Coriolanus.

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John Philip Kemble

by Gilbert Stuart
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1785
On display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 49


John Philip Kemble

attributed to Sir Thomas Lawrence
pencil, circa 1800
NPG 2616


John Philip Kemble

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, 1812
On display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6869


John Philip Kemble

by John Gibson
bronze bust, 1814
NPG 149


John Philip Kemble

possibly by James Gillray
hand-coloured etching, circa 1783
NPG D12964


John Philip Kemble

by Richard Newton
hand-coloured etching, published January 1798
NPG D21610


John Philip Kemble

by Henry Bone, after Sir William Beechey
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1798 (circa 1798)
NPG D17321


John Philip Kemble as Richard III

by J. Thornthwaite, published by John Bell, after Gilbert Stuart
line engraving, published 10 May 1798
NPG D3465


John Philip Kemble ('We serve a King whom we love - a God whom we adore')

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published June 1799
NPG D10686


John Philip Kemble

by James Heath, after George Chinnery
stipple engraving, published 1799
NPG D3464


John Philip Kemble as Hamlet

by William Barnard
mezzotint, early 19th century
NPG D36812


'Blowing up the Pic Nic's; - or - Harlequin Quixotte attacking the puppets'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 2 April 1802
NPG D12786


John Philip Kemble

by and published by William Sharp, after Sir Martin Archer Shee
line engraving, published 7 April 1803
NPG D19330


'Theatrical mendicants, relieved'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 15 January 1809
NPG D12915


John Philip Kemble

by William Daniell, after George Dance
soft-ground etching, published 15 March 1810 (16 March 1795)
NPG D12151


John Philip Kemble

by William Say, after a painting attributed to Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1814 (1804)
NPG D11306


John Philip Kemble

by Silvester, after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1817
NPG D3463


John Philip Kemble as Cato

by John Rogers, published by Thomas Charles Wageman, after T & I Elvey
stipple and line engraving, published 1822
NPG D38633


John Philip Kemble as Cato

by John Rogers, published by T & I Elvey, after Thomas Charles Wageman
stipple engraving, published 1822
NPG D38641


John Philip Kemble as Rolla

by Thomas Charles Wageman, published by Simpkin and Marshall, after Benjamin Holl
stipple engraving, published 1824
NPG D38670

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