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Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) (1755-1831), Actress

Sitter associated with 38 portraits
Artist associated with 1 portrait
A leading tragic actress and celebrity, Siddons dominated the London stage from 1782, when she made her debut at Drury Lane, to her farewell in 1812. Part of a powerful theatrical dynasty, her brothers were the actors Philip and Charles Kemble, her husband was the actor William Siddons and her son, Henry Siddons was also an actor. She was hailed as the chief interpreter of Shakespeare. Her masterpiece was Lady Macbeth as she excelled in roles that allowed her to combine passionate intelligence with pathos. The critic William Hazlitt proclaimed her 'tragedy personified'.

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Unknown woman, formerly known as Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

by Unknown artist
pencil and red chalk, late 18th or early 19th century
NPG 2425

50

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

by Gilbert Stuart
oil on canvas, 1787
On display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 50

5460

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

by John Henning
enamel paste medallion, 1807
NPG 5460

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Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

by Thomas Campbell
marble relief, 1843
NPG 642

D8466

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) in the Character of the Tragic Muse

by Thomas Cook, printed for John Bell
line engraving, published 7 May 1783
NPG D8466

D19729

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) as Melpomene

by James Gillray, published by James Ridgway
etching and aquatint, published 6 December 1784
NPG D19729

D9069

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) as the Tragic Muse

by Francis Haward, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 1787 (1783-1784)
NPG D9069

D17318

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

by Henry Bone, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
pencil drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1798 (1798)
NPG D17318

D17562

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

by Henry Bone, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
pencil and ink drawing squared in ink for transfer, 1798 (1798)
NPG D17562

D12786

'Blowing up the Pic Nic's; - or - Harlequin Quixotte attacking the puppets'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 2 April 1802
NPG D12786

D12915

'Theatrical mendicants, relieved'

by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 15 January 1809
NPG D12915

D4231

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

by Charles Turner, published by Henry Colburn, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 20 November 1826 (1797)
NPG D4231

D21810

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
lithograph, published May 1830
NPG D21810

D21817

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
lithograph, published May 1830
NPG D21817

D21827

Cecilia Combe (née Siddons); Sarah Siddons (née Kemble); Maria Siddons; George John Siddons; Charles Kemble

by Richard James Lane, published by Joseph Dickinson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
lithograph, published May 1830
NPG D21827

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