Roger Kemble

1 portrait of Roger Kemble

Roger Kemble, by William Ridley, published by  Bellamy and Robarts, after  Thomas Beach, published 1791 - NPG D13241 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Roger Kemble

by William Ridley, published by Bellamy and Robarts, after Thomas Beach
stipple engraving, published 1791
6 in. x 4 1/8 in. (151 mm x 105 mm) paper size
Given by Henry Witte Martin, 1861
Reference Collection
NPG D13241


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Sitterback to top

  • Roger Kemble (1722-1802), Actor-manager. Sitter in 1 portrait.

Artistsback to top

  • Thomas Beach (1738-1806), Portrait painter. Artist associated with 10 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Bellamy and Robarts (active 1791), Publisher. Artist associated with 1 portrait.
  • William Ridley (1764-1838), Stipple engraver. Artist associated with 102 portraits.

Events of 1791back to top

Current affairs

Thomas Paine publishes his inflammatory and widely read Rights of Man in response to Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France of the previous year. The work advocates radical revolution and prompts a trial for seditious libel that takes place in his absence. The Catholic Relief Act is passed, repealing the most severe penal laws.

Art and science

Astronomer William Herschel discovers Uranus. Robert Burns publishes Tam O'Shanter, combining the Scottish vernacular with the formal traditions of classical English poetry and exploring radical ideas of freedom. The Observer newspaper is founded. The Ordnance Survey is set up to prepare detailed maps of the country.

International

Mozart composes The Magic Flute. The Declaration of the Rights of Man establishes liberal freedoms in France The French Constitution is passed by the National Assembly. Louis XVI flees Paris with his family but is captured at Varennes. William Pitt declares Britain will remain neutral in any war against France.

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