© National Portrait Gallery, London
Edmund Kean as Leonatus Posthumous in 'Cymbeline'
by (Isaac) Robert Cruikshank Click on the links below to find out more
hand-coloured etching and aquatint, published 1823
7 7/8 in. x 4 1/2 in. (200 mm x 114 mm) plate size; 10 1/4 in. x 6 3/4 in. (259 mm x 172 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
- Edmund Kean (1787-1833), Actor. Sitter associated with 26 portraits.
- (Isaac) Robert Cruikshank (1789-1856), Caricaturist and miniature painter. Artist associated with 26 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.
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