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Sarah Siddons (nee 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 and her husband was the actor Henry Siddons. 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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Sarah Siddons (nee Kemble)

by William Ridley, published by Thomas Bellamy, after Sarah Siddons (nee Kemble)
stipple engraving, published 1 August 1796
NPG D15025