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John Philip Kemble ('We serve a King whom we love - a God whom we adore')

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John Philip Kemble ('We serve a King whom we love - a God whom we adore'), by and published by Robert Dighton, published June 1799 - NPG D10686 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

John Philip Kemble ('We serve a King whom we love - a God whom we adore')

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published June 1799
8 3/4 in. x 6 7/8 in. (223 mm x 175 mm) plate size; 11 1/4 in. x 8 1/8 in. (286 mm x 206 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
Reference Collection
NPG D10686


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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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John Philip Kemble appears as Rolla in Pizarro, a tragedy adapted by Richard Brinsley Sheridan after a work by the German dramatist Kotzebue. William Pitt declared Kemble in the role of Rolla as the noblest Actor he had ever seen.

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  • NPG D6837: Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) ('Hold! - Pizarro - hear me! - if not always justly, at least act always greatly') (companion print)
  • NPG D10687: Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) ('Hold! - Pizarro - hear me! - if not always justly, at least act always greatly') (companion print)