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Sarah Siddons (nee Kemble) as the Tragic Muse

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Sarah Siddons (nee Kemble) as the Tragic Muse, by Francis Haward, after  Sir Joshua Reynolds, published 1787 (1783-1784) - NPG D9069 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sarah Siddons (nee Kemble) as the Tragic Muse

by Francis Haward, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple engraving, published 1787 (1783-1784)
24 3/4 in. x 17 3/4 in. (630 mm x 452 mm) plate size; 24 7/8 in. x 18 1/8 in. (633 mm x 460 mm) paper size
acquired, 1868
Reference Collection
NPG D9069


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  • Francis Haward (1759-1797), Engraver. Artist associated with 6 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 1413 portraits, Sitter associated with 38 portraits.

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She is shown here flanked by figures representing Pity and Terror. The central notion for the portrait could have been taken from a poem in her praise by William Russell entitled The Tragic Muse: A Poem addressed to Mrs Siddons (1783).

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  • NPG D4232: Sarah Siddons (nee Kemble) as the Tragic Muse (based on same portrait)
  • NPG D14253: Sarah Siddons (nee Kemble) as the Tragic Muse (based on same portrait)
  • NPG D41674: Sarah Siddons (nee Kemble) as the Tragic Muse (based on same portrait)

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