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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 Charles Turner, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1825
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D3368

John Philip Kemble

by Charles Turner, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1825
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John Philip Kemble

by Charles Turner, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1825
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John Philip Kemble

by William Say, published by William Sams, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1 February 1826
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John Philip Kemble

by William Say, published by William Sams, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1 February 1826
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D22315

John Philip Kemble as King John

by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, after John Boaden
lithograph, published 1 October 1826
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John Philip Kemble as Coriolanus

by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, after John Boaden
lithograph, published 1 October 1826
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John Philip Kemble as Hotspur

by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, after John Boaden
lithograph, published 1 October 1826
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John Philip Kemble as The Stranger

by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, after John Boaden
lithograph, published 1 October 1826
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John Philip Kemble as Hamlet

by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, after John Boaden
lithograph, published 1 October 1826
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John Philip Kemble as Macbeth

by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, after John Boaden
lithograph, published 1 October 1826
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John Philip Kemble as Penruddock

by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, after John Boaden
lithograph, published 1 October 1826
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John Philip Kemble as Cato

by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, after John Boaden
lithograph, published 1 October 1826
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John Philip Kemble as Rolla in 'Pizarro'

after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1834
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John Philip Kemble as Hamlet

by James Egan, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1838 (1801)
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John Philip Kemble as Coriolanus

by William Oakley Burgess, published by Marseille Middleton Holloway, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 11 March 1839
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John Philip Kemble

by Charles William Sherborn, after Sir Martin Archer Shee
etching, 1886
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John Philip Kemble

by William Ridley, published by Thomas Bellamy, after Gilbert Stuart
stipple engraving, published 1 March 1797
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John Philip Kemble as Rolla

by J.M.P., after Sir Thomas Lawrence
watercolour, (circa 1800)
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'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
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