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Stephen Kemble ('Hamlet in Scotland')

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Stephen Kemble ('Hamlet in Scotland'), by and published by Robert Dighton, published 6 December 1794 - NPG D10685 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stephen Kemble ('Hamlet in Scotland')

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 6 December 1794
8 7/8 in. x 6 1/2 in. (225 mm x 164 mm) plate size; 10 1/8 in. x 7 7/8 in. (256 mm x 200 mm) paper size
Purchased, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D10685


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  • Robert Dighton (1751-1814), Portrait painter, caricaturist and actor. Artist associated with 271 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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After feuds over tenancy, and much criticism, Kemble finally took over the management of the Theatre Royal in Edinburgh, opening with a production of Hamlet in January 1794; his brother John playing the lead role. Stephen Kemble's large girth is the focus of attention here; he eventually weighed over eighteen stone despite being only five feet nine inches tall.

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  • NPG D13335: Stephen Kemble ('Hamlet in Scotland') (from same plate)
  • NPG D13401: Stephen Kemble ('Hamlet in Scotland') (from same plate)

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