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Charles Macklin

(1699?-1797), Actor-manager and dramatist

Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 12 portraits
Charles Macklin was an Irish actor and playwright whose distinguished, though turbulent, career spanned most of the eighteenth century. Macklin first appeared as an actor at Bristol and in 1725 went to Lincoln's Inn Fields, London. He went to Drury Lane Theatre in 1733 and later was involved in its management. In 1735 he killed another actor in the greenroom over a dispute about a wig, but, although prosecuted, he received no sentence. He set the seal on his stage career at Drury Lane in 1741, when he played Shylock, rescuing the part from the broad comedy with which it had long been surrounded. Macklin played many parts with distinction but was constantly involved in disputes and lawsuits.

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Charles Macklin as Shylock, after Unknown artist - NPG D5177

Charles Macklin as Shylock

after Unknown artist
line engraving, late 18th century
NPG D5177

Charles Macklin, by John Corner, after  John Charles Lochée - NPG D5173

Charles Macklin

by John Corner, after John Charles Lochée
line engraving, published 1787
NPG D5173

Charles Macklin, by John Corner, after  John Charles Lochée - NPG D5174

Charles Macklin

by John Corner, after John Charles Lochée
line engraving, published 1787
NPG D5174

Charles Macklin, by John Corner, after  John Charles Lochée - NPG D5175

Charles Macklin

by John Corner, after John Charles Lochée
line engraving, published 1787
NPG D5175

Charles Macklin, by John Corner, after  John Charles Lochée - NPG D5176

Charles Macklin

by John Corner, after John Charles Lochée
line engraving, published 1787
NPG D5176

Charles Macklin, by John Wright, published by  William Darling, and published by  John Peter Thompson, after  Charles Hayter - NPG D19956

Charles Macklin

by John Wright, published by William Darling, and published by John Peter Thompson, after Charles Hayter
stipple engraving, published 28 March 1794
NPG D19956

Charles Macklin, by William Ridley, after  Sir William Beechey - NPG D5171

Charles Macklin

by William Ridley, after Sir William Beechey
stipple engraving, published 1796
NPG D5171

Charles Macklin, by William Ridley, published by  Thomas Bellamy, after  Sir William Beechey - NPG D5172

Charles Macklin

by William Ridley, published by Thomas Bellamy, after Sir William Beechey
stipple engraving, published 1 March 1796
NPG D5172

Garrick surrounded by his friends, by George Salisbury Shury, published by  A.J. Isaacs, after  William Hogarth - NPG D34380

Garrick surrounded by his friends

by George Salisbury Shury, published by A.J. Isaacs, after William Hogarth
stipple engraving and mezzotint, published 20 August 1866
NPG D34380

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Charles Macklin

by Jean Condé, published by John Bell, after John Opie
stipple engraving, published July 1792 (circa 1792)
NPG D19239

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Charles Macklin

by William Ridley, published by Thomas Bellamy, after Sir William Beechey
stipple engraving, published 1 March 1796
NPG D14096

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