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Fanny Kemble (1809-1893), Actress and author

Frances Anne ('Fanny') Kemble

Sitter in 24 portraits
A successful actress from a theatrical family; her father was Charles Kemble and her aunt, Sarah Siddons. Following a string of London hits she travelled to America. There she married an American planter, Pierce Butler, in 1834. Visiting his estates in Georgia, she was appalled that the source of his wealth was slavery and tried to alleviate the suffering she found there. They divorced in 1848-9. With the outbreak of the American Civil War, her Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-9 was published in 1863 by abolitionists. She lived in Britain and in the United States, writing and occasionally giving public readings. She is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery, London.

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5462

Fanny Kemble

by Peter Frederick Rothermel
oil on canvas, 1849
NPG 5462

D34183

Fanny Kemble as Juliet

after Unknown artist
wood engraving, 1829
NPG D34183

D36820

Fanny Kemble

by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
lithograph, published 20 December 1829
NPG D36820

D36823

Fanny Kemble

by Richard James Lane, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
lithograph, published 1829-1830
NPG D36823

D36824

Fanny Kemble

by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
hand-coloured lithograph, published 20 December 1829
NPG D36824

D36825

Fanny Kemble

by Richard James Lane, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
hand-coloured lithograph, published 1829-1830
NPG D36825

D22010

Fanny Kemble

by Richard James Lane, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
lithograph, published 1829-1830
NPG D22010

D22242

Fanny Kemble

by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
lithograph, published 20 December 1829
NPG D22242

D22401

Fanny Kemble

by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
lithograph, published 1829-1830
NPG D22401

D22402

Fanny Kemble

by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
lithograph, published 1829-1830
NPG D22402

D36821

Fanny Kemble

by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
lithograph, published 28 January 1830
NPG D36821

D36822

Fanny Kemble

by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
lithograph, published 28 January 1830
NPG D36822

D38560

Fanny Kemble as Euphrasia

by Thomas Woolnoth, published by John Cumberland, after Thomas Charles Wageman
stipple engraving, published 1830
NPG D38560

D3466

Fanny Kemble as Juliet

after Unknown artist
aquatint and etching, 1830s
NPG D3466

D3467

Fanny Kemble as Juliet, Belvidera and Euphrasia

by J. Bishop, published by M. Thomson
line and stipple engraving, circa 1830
NPG D3467

D5156

Fanny Kemble

after Sir Thomas Lawrence
hand-coloured lithograph, 1830s
NPG D5156

D5157

Fanny Kemble

after Unknown artist
hand-coloured lithograph, 1830s
NPG D5157

D5159

Fanny Kemble

by Jean Gigoux, printed by Lemercier, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
hand-coloured lithograph, 1830
NPG D5159

D5160

Fanny Kemble as Julia in Knowles' 'The Hunchback'

by William Wolfe Alais
hand-coloured stipple and line engraving, 1830s
NPG D5160

D36826

Fanny Kemble

by Charles Picart, printed by Lahee & Co, published by Joseph Dickinson, after Sir Thomas Lawrence
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published June 1831
NPG D36826

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