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Colley Cibber (1671-1757), Dramatist and actor

Sitter in 8 portraits
An actor-manager, dramatist and poet laureate, Cibber produced some thirty plays during his long career. From 1709 to 1733, he managed theatre companies at Drury Lane and the Queen's Theatre making him one of the first in a long line of actor-managers who dominated the London theatre scene. Cibber had made his name on the London stage in 1696 playing the foppish character Sir Novelty Fashion in his own play Love's Last Shift. Soon after, he became one of the leading actors of the day. In 1730, Cibber was appointment as Poet Laureate yet his verses had few admirers, particularly Alexander Pope. But even Cibber acknowledged, self-deprecatingly, that he himself did not think much of his verses.

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Colley Cibber

possibly from the studio of Sir Henry Cheere, 1st Bt
painted plaster bust, circa 1740
On display in Room 10 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 1045


Colley Cibber

by Gerard Vandergucht, after Jean Baptiste van Loo
line engraving, published 1740
NPG D20375


Colley Cibber

by and published by John Simon, after Giuseppe Grisoni
mezzotint, circa 1742 or before
NPG D19294


Colley Cibber

by Edward Fisher, printed for John Spilsbury, after Jean Baptiste van Loo
mezzotint, 1758 (1740)
NPG D2075


Colley Cibber

after Jean Baptiste van Loo
mezzotint, 19th century
NPG D1448


Colley Cibber

by Charles William Sherborn, after Jean Baptiste van Loo
etching, 1882
NPG D21192


Colley Cibber

by Thomas Priscott, published by C. Dyer, after Hubert-François Gravelot (né Bourguignon)
etching, circa 1750-1775
NPG D14046


Colley Cibber

by Edward Fisher, after Jean Baptiste van Loo
mezzotint, 1758 (1740)
NPG D18866