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Sarah Siddons (nee Kemble)

3 of 38 portraits of Sarah Siddons (nee Kemble)

Sarah Siddons (nee Kemble), by John Downman, 1787 - NPG 2651 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sarah Siddons (nee Kemble)

by John Downman
chalk, 1787
8 in. x 6 3/4 in. (203 mm x 171 mm) oval
Given by Mrs D.E. Knollys, 1934
Primary Collection
NPG 2651


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  • John Downman (1750-1824). Artist associated with 34 portraits.

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John Downman studied under Benjamin West and exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1770 and 1802. This depiction of Sarah Siddons is one of twenty portraits of 'beauties' commissioned by the 3rd Duke of Richmond. The subject, who was painted in theatrical guises by all of the leading artists of her day including Gainsborough and Reynolds, is pictured here in ordinary, fashionable dress.

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  • NPG 2652: Elizabeth (nee Farren), Countess of Derby (companion portrait)

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