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Charles John Kean

(1811-1868), Actor and theatre manager; second son of Edmund Kean

Sitter associated with 28 portraits
Determined to become an actor, he made his first appearance at Drury Lane in 1827 as Norval in Home's Douglas, but his failure to achieve popularity led him to leave London the following year for the provinces. His next London appearance was in 1833 as 'Sir Edmund Mortimer' in Colman's The Iron Chest, but his success was still not pronounced enough for him to remain in the capital. In 1838, he returned to Drury Lane, and played Hamlet with a success which placed him among the principal tragedians of his time. In 1850 he became joint lessee of the Princess Theatre. The most noteworthy feature of his management was a series of highly regarded Shakespearean revivals.

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Charles John Kean, by Samuel John Stump - NPG 1249

Charles John Kean

by Samuel John Stump
oil on canvas, circa 1830
NPG 1249

Charles John Kean, by Jemima Blackburn (née Wedderburn) - NPG 2772(33a)

Charles John Kean

by Jemima Blackburn (née Wedderburn)
watercolour, 1833-1857
NPG 2772(33a)

Charles John Kean, by Jemima Blackburn (née Wedderburn) - NPG 2772(33b)

Charles John Kean

by Jemima Blackburn (née Wedderburn)
watercolour, 1833-1857
NPG 2772(33b)

Charles John Kean, by Rose Myra Drummond - NPG 2524

Charles John Kean

by Rose Myra Drummond
chalk, circa 1838
NPG 2524

Charles John Kean, by E. Goodwyn Lewis - NPG 1307

Charles John Kean

by E. Goodwyn Lewis
chalk, 1850-1875
NPG 1307

Charles John Kean; Ellen Terry as Leontes and Mamillius in 'The Winter's Tale', by Martin Laroche (William Henry Silvester) - NPG x7954

Charles John Kean; Ellen Terry as Leontes and Mamillius in 'The Winter's Tale'

by Martin Laroche (William Henry Silvester)
salt print, 26 April 1856
NPG x7954

Charles John Kean, after John Jabez Edwin Mayall - NPG x12602

Charles John Kean

after John Jabez Edwin Mayall
albumen carte-de-visite, circa late 1850s
NPG x12602

Charles John Kean, by Maull & Co - NPG Ax17871

Charles John Kean

by Maull & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG Ax17871

Charles John Kean, by Martin Laroche (William Henry Silvester) - NPG x12603

Charles John Kean

by Martin Laroche (William Henry Silvester)
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x12603

Charles John Kean, by Camille Silvy - NPG x132400

Charles John Kean

by Camille Silvy
albumen carte-de-visite, early-mid 1860s
NPG x132400

Charles John Kean, by Southwell Brothers - NPG Ax25041

Charles John Kean

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
NPG Ax25041

Charles John Kean, by Horatio Nelson King - NPG Ax25045

Charles John Kean

by Horatio Nelson King
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1863
NPG Ax25045

Charles John Kean, by Southwell Brothers - NPG x12601

Charles John Kean

by Southwell Brothers
albumen carte-de-visite, 1863
On display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG x12601

Charles John Kean, by Horatio Nelson King - NPG Ax39835

Charles John Kean

by Horatio Nelson King
albumen carte-de-visite, circa 1863
NPG Ax39835

'Upwards of five hundred photographic portraits of the most celebrated personages of the age', by Ashford Brothers & Co, after  Disdéri, and  Camille Silvy, and  Duroni & Murer, and  Émile Desmaisons, and  John Jabez Edwin Mayall, and  (George) Herbert Watkins, and  William Edward Kilburn, and  Horatio Nelson King, and  John & Charles Watkins, and  - NPG x139661

'Upwards of five hundred photographic portraits of the most celebrated personages of the age'

by Ashford Brothers & Co, after Disdéri, and Camille Silvy, and Duroni & Murer, and Émile Desmaisons, and John Jabez Edwin Mayall, and (George) Herbert Watkins, and William Edward Kilburn, and Horatio Nelson King, and John & Charles Watkins, and
albumen carte-de-visite, mid 1860s
NPG x139661

Charles John Kean, by Unknown artist - NPG D36754

Charles John Kean

by Unknown artist
lithograph, mid 19th century
NPG D36754

Charles John Kean as Louis XI, by Richard James Lane, published by  John Mitchell, after  C.S.L. - NPG D17076

Charles John Kean as Louis XI

by Richard James Lane, published by John Mitchell, after C.S.L.
lithograph, mid 19th century
NPG D17076

Charles John Kean as Gloucester in 'Richard III', published by John Tallis & Company, after  Reid - NPG D3450

Charles John Kean as Gloucester in 'Richard III'

published by John Tallis & Company, after Reid
stipple and line engraving, circa 1839-1846
NPG D3450

Charles John Kean as Macbeth, by Richard James Lane, printed by  M & N Hanhart, published by  John Mitchell, after  Alfred Edward Chalon - NPG D36753

Charles John Kean as Macbeth

by Richard James Lane, printed by M & N Hanhart, published by John Mitchell, after Alfred Edward Chalon
lithograph, published 1 October 1840
NPG D36753

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