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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's first major success came in 1782 with her portrayal of Isabella in the Fatal Marriage, written by David Garrick the leading actor-manager of the period. Siddons continued to dominate the London stage until 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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'Blowing up the Pic Nic's; - or - Harlequin Quixotte attacking the puppets', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12786

'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

'Theatrical mendicants, relieved', by James Gillray, published by  Hannah Humphrey - NPG D12915

'Theatrical mendicants, relieved'

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

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble), by Charles Turner, published by  Henry Colburn, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D4231

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

by Charles Turner, published by Henry Colburn, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 20 November 1826 (1797)
NPG D4231

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble), by Richard James Lane, printed by  Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by  Joseph Dickinson, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D21810

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
lithograph, published May 1830
NPG D21810

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble), by Richard James Lane, printed by  Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by  Joseph Dickinson, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D21817

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
lithograph, published May 1830
NPG D21817

Cecilia Combe (née Siddons); Sarah Siddons (née Kemble); Maria Siddons; George John Siddons; Charles Kemble, by Richard James Lane, published by  Joseph Dickinson, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D21827

Cecilia Combe (née Siddons); Sarah Siddons (née Kemble); Maria Siddons; George John Siddons; Charles Kemble

by Richard James Lane, published by Joseph Dickinson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
lithograph, published May 1830
NPG D21827

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) as the Tragic Muse, by John Charles Bromley, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds - NPG D4232

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) as the Tragic Muse

by John Charles Bromley, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
mezzotint, published 1832 (1783-1784)
NPG D4232

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble), by Richard James Lane, published by  Joseph Dickinson, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D15159

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

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

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble), by Thomas Lewis Atkinson, published by  Henry Graves & Co, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D41675

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

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

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble), by Thomas Lewis Atkinson, published by  Henry Graves, after  Thomas Gainsborough - NPG D14661

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

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

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Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

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

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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

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Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

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

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Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

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

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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
NPG D13699

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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

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Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

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

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