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Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne) (1714-1766), Actress and singer

Sitter in 6 portraits
Cibber was a celebrated actress who had a long stage partnership with David Garrick. She began singing professionally to support her family in the late 1720s, and was promoted by her brother, the composer Thomas Augustus Arne, and Handel, her music teacher, who composed the contralto songs in The Messiah for her to perform, which she did at it's premier in 1742.

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1984

Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne)

by Unknown artist
ivory medallion, circa 1729
NPG 1984

4526

Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne)

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, feigned oval, engraved 1749
On display on Floor 2: Getting the Picture at Beningbrough Hall
NPG 4526

D1449

Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne)

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1746
NPG D1449

D1450

Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne)

by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1746
NPG D1450

D20105

Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne)

by and published by John Faber Jr, after Thomas Hudson
mezzotint, 1746
NPG D20105

D13868

Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne)

by Fairn, published by John Sewell, after Orchard
stipple engraving, published 1 November 1794
NPG D13868