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John Philip Kemble

1 of 24 portraits on display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery

John Philip Kemble, by Gilbert Stuart, circa 1785 - NPG 49 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Philip Kemble

by Gilbert Stuart
oil on canvas, feigned oval, circa 1785
29 1/2 in. x 24 1/2 in. (749 mm x 622 mm)
Given by John Thadeus Delane, 1858
Primary Collection
NPG 49


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  • Gilbert Stuart (1755-1828), Painter. Artist associated with 60 portraits.

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Kemble's ambitions were not confined to acting. In 1788 he took over the management of Drury Lane and then defected to Covent Garden Theatre in 1803. Theatre management included producing plays and Kemble, who had antiquarian interests, was among the first to champion historically accurate productions of Shakespeare.

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