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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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Fanny Kemble, by Peter Frederick Rothermel - NPG 5462

Fanny Kemble

by Peter Frederick Rothermel
oil on canvas, 1849
NPG 5462

Fanny Kemble as Juliet, after Unknown artist - NPG D34183

Fanny Kemble as Juliet

after Unknown artist
wood engraving, 1829
On display in Room 24 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG D34183

Fanny Kemble, by Richard James Lane, printed by  Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by  Joseph Dickinson, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 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

Fanny Kemble, by Richard James Lane, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D36823

Fanny Kemble

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

Fanny Kemble, by Richard James Lane, printed by  Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by  Joseph Dickinson, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 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

Fanny Kemble, by Richard James Lane, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D36825

Fanny Kemble

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

Fanny Kemble, by Richard James Lane, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D22010

Fanny Kemble

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

Fanny Kemble, by Richard James Lane, printed by  Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by  Joseph Dickinson, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 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

Fanny Kemble, by Richard James Lane, printed by  Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by  Joseph Dickinson, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 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

Fanny Kemble, by Richard James Lane, printed by  Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by  Joseph Dickinson, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 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

Fanny Kemble, by Richard James Lane, printed by  Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by  Joseph Dickinson, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 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

Fanny Kemble, by Richard James Lane, printed by  Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by  Joseph Dickinson, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 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

Fanny Kemble as Euphrasia, by Thomas Woolnoth, published by  John Cumberland, after  Thomas Charles Wageman - NPG D38560

Fanny Kemble as Euphrasia

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

Fanny Kemble as Juliet, after Unknown artist - NPG D3466

Fanny Kemble as Juliet

after Unknown artist
aquatint and etching, 1830s
NPG D3466

Fanny Kemble as Juliet, Belvidera and Euphrasia, by J. Bishop, published by  M. Thomson - NPG D3467

Fanny Kemble as Juliet, Belvidera and Euphrasia

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

Fanny Kemble, after Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D5156

Fanny Kemble

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

Fanny Kemble, after Unknown artist - NPG D5157

Fanny Kemble

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

Fanny Kemble, by Jean Gigoux, printed by  Lemercier, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG D5159

Fanny Kemble

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

Fanny Kemble as Julia in Knowles' 'The Hunchback', by William Wolfe Alais - NPG D5160

Fanny Kemble as Julia in Knowles' 'The Hunchback'

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

Fanny Kemble, by Charles Picart, printed by  Lahee & Co, published by  Joseph Dickinson, after  Sir Thomas Lawrence - NPG 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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