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Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne)

7 of 13 portraits on display on Floor 2: Getting the Picture at Beningbrough Hall

Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne), by Thomas Hudson, engraved 1749 - NPG 4526 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne)

by Thomas Hudson
oil on canvas, feigned oval, engraved 1749
30 in. x 24 3/4 in. (762 mm x 629 mm)
Purchased, 1967
Primary Collection
NPG 4526


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  • Thomas Hudson (1701-1779), Portrait painter and art collector. Artist associated with 182 portraits.

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Susannah Maria Arne, the actress and singer, was the sister of the composer Thomas Augustus Arne. In 1734 she married the playwright Theophilus Cibber, the son of the actor Collay Cibber. Appearing frequently opposite Garrick, her greatest successes date from c.1744. The contralto songs in Handel's Messiah were written for her.

More detailed information from an out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue.

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  • NPG D20105: Susannah Maria Cibber (née Arne) (after)

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