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'Mrs Siddons and her Son in the Tragedy of Isabella' (Sarah Siddons (née Kemble); Henry Siddons)

2 of 2 portraits of Henry Siddons

'Mrs Siddons and her Son in the Tragedy of Isabella' (Sarah Siddons (née Kemble); Henry Siddons)

by and published by James Caldwall, published by and after William Hamilton
mezzotint, published 1 June 1785
27 in. x 18 7/8 in. (685 mm x 479 mm) paper size
Given by John Herbert Dudley Ryder, 5th Earl of Harrowby, 1957
Reference Collection
NPG D41670

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  • Henry Siddons (1774-1815), Actor and playwright; son of Sarah Siddons. Sitter in 2 portraits.
  • Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) (1755-1831), Actress. Sitter associated with 38 portraits, Artist associated with 1 portrait.

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  • James Caldwall (1739-1822), Engraver. Artist associated with 65 portraits.
  • William Hamilton (1751-1801), History painter. Artist associated with 12 portraits, Sitter in 5 portraits.

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Current affairs

George Prince of Wales secretly marries his mistress Maria Fitzherbert in contravention of the Royal Marriages Act of 1772. Prime Minister William Pitt introduces a bill proposing parliamentary reform and the abolition of 'rotten boroughs' but is defeated.

Art and science

William Cowper publishes his best -known poem The Task. James Boswell publishes The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, narrating his travels with the late writer Samuel Johnson. Physician and naturalist James Hutton presents his studies of local rocks to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, launching the era of scientific geology.


Warren Hastings resigns as Governor-General of Bengal and returns to England. His trial begins on charges of corruption in the administration of India. French sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon crosses the Atlantic to sculpt a statue of George Washington. British government establishes a permanent land force in the Eastern Caribbean, based in Barbados.

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