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Charles Mathews

(1776-1835), Comedian

Sitter associated with 22 portraits
Artist associated with 1 portrait
The comic actor Charles Mathews's distinctive appearance, lop-sided mouth and remarkable gift for mimicry ensured huge contemporary popularity. In a double-act with fellow comedian John Liston, Mathews played the quick-thinking wit to Liston's gullible fool. During the summer months he toured the provinces and began to develop the idea of a one-man show. This eventually became the famous Mr Mathews at Home which combined mimicry, story-telling, quick-change artistry, comic songs and improvisation. It was equally popular in England and the USA where he toured in 1822-3 and 1834.

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Charles Mathews, by George Henry Harlow - NPG 3097a

Charles Mathews

by George Henry Harlow
pencil, 1814
NPG 3097a

Charles Mathews, by Samuel Joseph - NPG 1710

Charles Mathews

by Samuel Joseph
plaster cast of bust, 1822
NPG 1710

Charles Mathews, by Rembrandt Peale - NPG 1734

Charles Mathews

by Rembrandt Peale
oil on canvas, circa 1822
NPG 1734

Charles Mathews, by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer - NPG 3097(2)

Charles Mathews

by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
pen and ink, circa 1830
NPG 3097(2)

Charles Mathews, by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer - NPG 3097(3)

Charles Mathews

by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
pencil, circa 1830
NPG 3097(3)

Charles Mathews, by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer - NPG 3097(4)

Charles Mathews

by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer
sepia wash and red chalk, circa 1830
NPG 3097(4)

Charles Mathews as the Old Scotch Lady in 'At Home', by George Clint, published by  William Cribb, after  Alfred Edward Chalon - NPG D3684

Charles Mathews as the Old Scotch Lady in 'At Home'

by George Clint, published by William Cribb, after Alfred Edward Chalon
mezzotint, published 1 March 1819
NPG D3684

Charles Mathews as the Old Scotch Lady in 'At Home', by George Clint, published by  William Cribb, after  Alfred Edward Chalon - NPG D3685

Charles Mathews as the Old Scotch Lady in 'At Home'

by George Clint, published by William Cribb, after Alfred Edward Chalon
mezzotint, published 1 March 1819
NPG D3685

Charles Mathews as the Old Scotch Lady in 'At Home', by George Clint, after  Alfred Edward Chalon - NPG D3686

Charles Mathews as the Old Scotch Lady in 'At Home'

by George Clint, after Alfred Edward Chalon
mezzotint, published 1819
NPG D3686

Charles Mathews ('Portrait of Himself and as Representing Four Extraordinary Characters'), by and published by Henry Meyer, after  George Henry Harlow - NPG D5228

Charles Mathews ('Portrait of Himself and as Representing Four Extraordinary Characters')

by and published by Henry Meyer, after George Henry Harlow
stipple engraving, published 1 April 1819
NPG D5228

Charles Mathews as six characters in 'Stories', printed by McQueen & Co, published by  Colnaghi & Co, after  Charles Mathews - NPG D38320

Charles Mathews as six characters in 'Stories'

printed by McQueen & Co, published by Colnaghi & Co, after Charles Mathews
hand-coloured lithograph, published 6 April 1822
NPG D38320

Charles Mathews, by Charles Turner, published by  Colnaghi, Son & Co, after  James Lonsdale - NPG D38315

Charles Mathews

by Charles Turner, published by Colnaghi, Son & Co, after James Lonsdale
mezzotint, published 1 November 1826
NPG D38315

Charles Mathews, by Charles Turner, published by  Colnaghi, Son & Co, after  James Lonsdale - NPG D38316

Charles Mathews

by Charles Turner, published by Colnaghi, Son & Co, after James Lonsdale
mezzotint, published 1 November 1826
NPG D38316

Charles Mathews, by Charles Turner, published by  Colnaghi, Son & Co, after  James Lonsdale - NPG D38317

Charles Mathews

by Charles Turner, published by Colnaghi, Son & Co, after James Lonsdale
mezzotint, published 1 November 1826
NPG D38317

Charles Mathews, by Charles Turner, published by  Colnaghi, Son & Co, after  James Lonsdale - NPG D38318

Charles Mathews

by Charles Turner, published by Colnaghi, Son & Co, after James Lonsdale
mezzotint, published 1 November 1826
NPG D38318

Charles Mathews, by Charles Turner, published by  Colnaghi, Son & Co, after  James Lonsdale - NPG D3683

Charles Mathews

by Charles Turner, published by Colnaghi, Son & Co, after James Lonsdale
mezzotint, published 1 November 1826
NPG D3683

Charles Mathews, by Charles Turner, published by  Colnaghi, Son & Co, after  James Lonsdale - NPG D18709

Charles Mathews

by Charles Turner, published by Colnaghi, Son & Co, after James Lonsdale
mezzotint, published 1 November 1826
NPG D18709

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