John Philip Kemble
1 of 25 portraits on display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery
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
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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.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Holmes, Richard; Crane, David; Woof, Robert; Hebron, Stephen, Romantics and Revolutionaries: Regency portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, 2002, p. 123
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 348
- Walker, Richard, Regency Portraits, 1985, p. 292
Events of 1785back to top
Current affairsGeorge Prince of Wales secretly marries his mistress Maria Fitzherbert in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act of 1772.
Prime Minister William Pitt introduces a bill proposing parliamentary reform and the abolition of 'rotten boroughs' but is defeated.
Art and scienceWilliam Cowper publishes his best -known poem The Task.
James Boswell publishes The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, narrating his travels with the late writer Samuel Johnson.
Physician and naturalist James Hutton presents his studies of local rocks to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, launching the era of scientific geology.
InternationalWarren Hastings resigns as Governor-General of Bengal and returns to England. His trial begins on charges of corruption in the administration of India.
French sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon crosses the Atlantic to sculpt a statue of George Washington.
British government establishes a permanent land force in the Eastern Caribbean, based in Barbados.