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Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

4 of 22 portraits on display in Room 19 at the National Portrait Gallery

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble), by Gilbert Stuart, 1787 - NPG 50 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

by Gilbert Stuart
oil on canvas, 1787
29 1/2 in. x 24 1/2 in. (749 mm x 622 mm)
Given by John Thadeus Delane, 1858
Primary Collection
NPG 50


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

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Describing herself as an 'ambitious candidate for fame', Siddons used portraiture for publicity. Even before Stuart's portrait was completed it had received glowing reviews for its 'spirit and delicacy'.

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