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Richard Cumberland (1732-1811), Playwright

Sitter in 6 portraits
Richard Cumberland was a prolific author and playwright best-known for his highly successful sentimental comedies, including The Brothers (1769) and The West Indian (1771). He also wrote tragedies, historical novels, a history of Spanish painting and an autobiography rich in its portrayal of contemporaries such as David Garrick and Samuel Johnson.

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Richard Cumberland

by George Romney
oil on canvas, circa 1776
On display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 19

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Richard Cumberland

by Valentine Green, published by John Boydell, after George Romney
mezzotint, published 1771
NPG D34422

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Richard Cumberland

by Valentine Green, published by John Boydell, after George Romney
mezzotint, published 1771
NPG D34423

D14434

Richard Cumberland

by Edward Scriven, published by T. Cadell & W. Davies, after John Jackson, after Joseph Clover
stipple engraving, published 12 April 1814
NPG D14434

D14957

Richard Cumberland

by William Ridley, published by James Asperne, after William Lane
stipple engraving, published 1 August 1809
NPG D14957

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Richard Cumberland

by Edward Scriven, after John Jackson, after Joseph Clover
stipple engraving, published 12 April 1814
NPG D18847