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In Character: Shakespeare's 'King John'

Portraits of actors and actresses portraying characters from Shakespeare's 'King John'.

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John Philip Kemble as King John
by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson, after John Boaden
published 1 October 1826
NPG D22315

William Charles Macready as King John
by Thomas Woolnoth, published by John Cumberland, after Thomas Charles Wageman
before 1857
NPG D38571

William Charles Macready as King John
by R. Page, published by George Virtue, after Thomas Charles Wageman
published circa 1822
NPG D38635

Charles Kemble as Faulconbridge in 'King John'
by Richard James Lane, printed by Jérémie Graf, published by Colnaghi and Puckle
published May 1840
NPG D22323

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