1 of 3 portraits of Fanny Kemble
by Samuel William Reynolds, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
9 in. x 6 5/8 in. (230 mm x 167 mm) plate size; 10 5/8 in. x 8 1/4 in. (270 mm x 209 mm) paper size
Bequeathed by (Frederick) Leverton Harris, 1927
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- Frances ('Fanny') Kemble (1759-1812), Actress; sister of Sarah Siddons, and of John and Charles Kemble. Sitter in 3 portraits.
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