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Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) (1755-1831), Actress

Sitter associated with 38 portraits
Artist associated with 1 portrait
A leading tragic actress and celebrity, Siddons dominated the London stage from 1782, when she made her debut at Drury Lane, to her farewell in 1812. Part of a powerful theatrical dynasty, her brothers were the actors Philip and Charles Kemble, her husband was the actor William Siddons and her son, Henry Siddons was also an actor. She was hailed as the chief interpreter of Shakespeare. Her masterpiece was Lady Macbeth as she excelled in roles that allowed her to combine passionate intelligence with pathos. The critic William Hazlitt proclaimed her 'tragedy personified'.

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D4232

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) as the Tragic Muse

by John Charles Bromley, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1832 (1783-1784)
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D15159

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

by Richard James Lane, published by Joseph Dickinson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
lithograph, published 1836 (1797)
NPG D15159

D14661

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

by Thomas Lewis Atkinson, published by Henry Graves, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, published 1870
NPG D14661

D41673

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) in the character of Zara

by John Raphael Smith, published by and after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 18 June 1783
NPG D41673

D19235

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

by Thomas Burke, published by James Birchall, after J. Bateman
stipple engraving, published 14 April 1783
NPG D19235

D41671

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) as Melpomene

by James Gillray, published by James Ridgway
etching and aquatint, published 6 December 1784
NPG D41671

D41670

'Mrs Siddons and her Son in the Tragedy of Isabella' (Sarah Siddons (née Kemble); Henry Siddons)

by and published by James Caldwall, published by and after William Hamilton
mezzotint, published 1 June 1785
NPG D41670

D41676

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

after Thomas Gainsborough
offset lithograph printed in colours, (1785)
NPG D41676

D10715

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) ('Mrs Siddons in the Tragedy of the Grecian Daughter')

by James Caldwall, after William Hamilton
line engraving, published 1789
NPG D10715

D15025

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

by William Ridley, published by Thomas Bellamy, after Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)
stipple engraving, published 1 August 1796
NPG D15025

D41672

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

published by Photographische Gesellschaft, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
photogravure, 1900 or before (1798)
NPG D41672

D41674

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) as the Tragic Muse

by Joseph Webb, published by Hannah Humphrey, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
hand-coloured mixed-method engraving, published 10 June 1798 (1783-1784)
NPG D41674

D20341

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

by Caroline Watson, after Charles Sherriff
stipple engraving, circa 1800-1814
NPG D20341

D13699

'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 D13699

D14253

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) as the Tragic Muse

by and published by Samuel William Reynolds, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published circa 1820 (1783-1784)
NPG D14253

D4230

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

by Charles Turner, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 1826 (1797)
NPG D4230

D41675

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

by Thomas Lewis Atkinson, published by Henry Graves & Co, after Thomas Gainsborough
mezzotint, published 1870 (1785)
NPG D41675

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