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John Philip Kemble

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John Philip Kemble, by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1812 - NPG 6869 - Photographer Hugh Kelly; © Joseph Friedman Ltd; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

Photographer Hugh Kelly; © Joseph Friedman Ltd; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

John Philip Kemble

by Sir Thomas Lawrence
oil on canvas, 1812
105 1/4 in. x 71 5/8 in. (2672 mm x 1818 mm)
Purchased with help from The Art Fund, Gift Aid visitor ticket donations and the Garrick Club, 2009
Primary Collection
NPG 6869


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  • Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830), Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy. Artist associated with 683 portraits, Sitter in 25 portraits.

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This is an example of a 'half-history painting' which explored the relationship between portraiture and history painting. It shows Kemble in the leading role in Addison's Cato performing a soliloquy related to Plato's Book on the Immortality of the Soul.

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  • Essay by Richard Holmes, Thomas Lawrence Portraits, 2010 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 21 October 2010 - 23 January 2011), p. 51

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