Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) ('Hold! - Pizarro - hear me! - if not always justly, at least act always greatly')

1 portrait of Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) ('Hold! - Pizarro - hear me! - if not always justly, at least act always greatly'), by and published by Robert Dighton, published 14 December 1799 - NPG D10687 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) ('Hold! - Pizarro - hear me! - if not always justly, at least act always greatly')

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 14 December 1799
9 in. x 6 7/8 in. (228 mm x 175 mm) plate size; 13 5/8 in. x 9 7/8 in. (347 mm x 250 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
Reference Collection
NPG D10687


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Sitterback to top

Artistback to top

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

This portraitback to top

Sarah Siddons appears as Elvira in Pizarro, a tragedy adapted by Richard Brinsley Sheridan after a work by the German dramatist Kotzebue.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D10686: John Philip Kemble ('We serve a King whom we love - a God whom we adore') (companion print)
  • NPG D6837: Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) ('Hold! - Pizarro - hear me! - if not always justly, at least act always greatly') (impression from same plate as)

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Perry, Gill (introduction) Roach, Joseph (appreciation) and West, Shearer (appreciation), The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons, 2011 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 2011 to 8 January 2012), p. 129