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Thomas Betterton

(1635-1710), Actor and dramatist

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 9 portraits
Actor and theatre manager; joined Davenant's company, 1661, and was acclaimed in many leading roles in Shakespeare and Congreve; by royal command visited Paris to study new dramatic ideas; managed a series of theatres, including Vanbrugh's in the Haymarket, but lost all his money in unwise speculation, 1692; of impeccable character, he had a low voice and clumsy figure, but according to Pepys he was 'the best actor in the world'.

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Thomas Betterton, studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG 752

Thomas Betterton

studio of Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
oil on canvas, based on a work of circa 1690-1695
On display at Bath Preservation Trust, Bath
NPG 752

Thomas Betterton, by Robert Williams, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D20224

Thomas Betterton

by Robert Williams, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
mezzotint, circa 1680-1704 (1690s)
NPG D20224

Thomas Betterton, by J. Wooding, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D16407

Thomas Betterton

by J. Wooding, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, (1690s)
NPG D16407

Thomas Betterton, by J. Wooding, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D16408

Thomas Betterton

by J. Wooding, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, (1690s)
NPG D16408

Thomas Betterton, by Michael Vandergucht, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D30987

Thomas Betterton

by Michael Vandergucht, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1710
NPG D30987

Thomas Betterton, by Michael Vandergucht, after  Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D16404

Thomas Betterton

by Michael Vandergucht, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, published 1710 (1690s)
NPG D16404

Thomas Betterton, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D30986

Thomas Betterton

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, 1750s-1770s (1690s)
NPG D30986

Thomas Betterton, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D16405

Thomas Betterton

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
line engraving, 1750s-1770s (1690s)
NPG D16405

Thomas Betterton, after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt - NPG D16406

Thomas Betterton

after Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
coloured line engraving, 1750s-1770s (1690s)
NPG D16406

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