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Charles Kemble (1775-1854), Actor, theatre manager and playwright

Sitter associated with 30 portraits
The actor and theatre manager Charles Kemble conducted his career in the shadow of his acclaimed brother John Philip Kemble, and his legendary sister Sarah Siddons. He made his debut in the supporting role of Malcolm to his brother's Macbeth at Drury Lane in 1794. Unlike his siblings he acted in comedies as well as tragedies. He managed Covent Garden Theatre between 1822 and 1832; a difficult period when its best members, including the singer Catherine Stephens, were defecting to Drury Lane. Kemble's spectacular production of The Tempest (1842) caused a sensation when he used a real ship in the storm scene.

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Charles Kemble

by Henry Perronet Briggs
oil on canvas, 1830s
On display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery
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Abelard (called Charles Kemble)

Published by Thomas Watson
mezzotint, 1776
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'Theatrical mendicants, relieved'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 15 January 1809
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Charles Kemble as Cromwell in Henry VIII

by Thomas Goff Lupton, published by William Cribb, after George Henry Harlow
mezzotint, published 1 February 1819
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Charles Kemble as Faulconbridge

by Thomas Woolnoth, after Thomas Charles Wageman, published by Simpkin and Marshall
stipple engraving, Published 1819
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'Mr C Kemble as Charles Surface' (Charles Kemble)

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 1821
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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
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Charles Kemble

by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
lithograph, May 1830 (1805)
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Charles Kemble as Cassio in 'Othello'

by Richard James Lane, printed by Jérémie Graf, published by John Mitchell, after Alfred Edward Chalon
hand-coloured lithograph, published 1 December 1838
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Title page (Charles Kemble)

by Richard James Lane, printed by Jérémie Graf, published by Colnaghi and Puckle
lithograph, published 1840
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Charles Kemble as Hamlet

by Richard James Lane, printed by Jérémie Graf, published by Colnaghi and Puckle, after Alfred Edward Chalon
lithograph, published May 1840
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Charles Kemble as Falstaff in 'Henry IV'

by Richard James Lane, printed by Jérémie Graf, published by Colnaghi and Puckle, after Alfred Edward Chalon
lithograph, published May 1840
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Charles Kemble as Benedick in 'Much Ado about Nothing'

by Richard James Lane, printed by Jérémie Graf, published by Colnaghi and Puckle, after Alfred Edward Chalon
lithograph, published May 1840
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Charles Kemble as Shylock in 'Merchant of Venice'

by Richard James Lane, printed by Jérémie Graf, published by Colnaghi and Puckle, after Alfred Edward Chalon
lithograph, published May 1840
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Charles Kemble as Mark Anthony in 'Julius Caesar'

by Richard James Lane, printed by M & N Hanhart, published by Colnaghi and Puckle, after Alfred Edward Chalon
lithograph, published May 1840
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Charles Kemble as Mercutio in 'Romeo and Juliet'

by Richard James Lane, printed by Jérémie Graf, published by Colnaghi and Puckle, after Alfred Edward Chalon
lithograph, published May 1840
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Charles Kemble as Macduff in 'Macbeth'

by Richard James Lane, printed by Jérémie Graf, published by Colnaghi and Puckle, after Alfred Edward Chalon
lithograph, published May 1840
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Charles Kemble as Macbeth

by Richard James Lane, printed by Jérémie Graf, published by Colnaghi and Puckle, after Alfred Edward Chalon
lithograph, published May 1840
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Charles Kemble as Othello

by Richard James Lane, printed by Jérémie Graf, published by Colnaghi and Puckle, after Alfred Edward Chalon
lithograph, published June 1840
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Charles Kemble as Cassio in 'Othello'

by Richard James Lane, printed by Jérémie Graf, published by Colnaghi and Puckle, after Alfred Edward Chalon
lithograph, published May 1840
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Charles Kemble as Iago in 'Othello'

by Richard James Lane, printed by Jérémie Graf, published by Colnaghi and Puckle, after Alfred Edward Chalon
lithograph, published May 1840
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Charles Kemble as Don Felix in 'The Wonder'

by Richard James Lane, printed by Jérémie Graf, published by Colnaghi and Puckle, after Alfred Edward Chalon
lithograph, published May 1840
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Subscription page

by Richard James Lane, printed by R. Martin, published by Colnaghi and Puckle
lithograph, published May 1840
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Charles Kemble as Faulconbridge in 'King John'

by Richard James Lane, printed by Jérémie Graf, published by Colnaghi and Puckle
lithograph, published May 1840
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Charles Kemble as The Stranger

by Richard James Lane, printed by Jérémie Graf, published by Colnaghi and Puckle
lithograph, published May 1840
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Charles Kemble as Leon in 'Rule a Wife, and have a Wife'

by Richard James Lane, printed by Jérémie Graf, published by Colnaghi and Puckle, after Alfred Edward Chalon
lithograph, published May 1840
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Charles Kemble

by Richard James Lane, printed by Jérémie Graf, published by Colnaghi and Puckle, after Alfred Edward Chalon
lithograph, published May 1840 (January 1840)
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Charles Kemble

by William Ridley, published by Vernor & Hood, after Clark
stipple engraving, published 31 May 1802
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