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William Charles Macready

(1793-1873), Actor and theatre manager; son of William Macready

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 32 portraits
Actor. He made his first appearance in Birmingham as Romeo in 1810 and acted with his father's company in the provinces. He first appeared at Covent Garden in 1816, becoming undisputed head of the theatre after his Richard III in 1819, until his retirement in 1851: a great Shakespearean and romantic actor.

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William Charles Macready, by William Behnes - NPG 1504

William Charles Macready

by William Behnes
marble bust, exhibited 1844
NPG 1504

William Charles Macready, by Herbert Watkins - NPG P301(21)

William Charles Macready

by Herbert Watkins
albumen print, late 1850s
NPG P301(21)

William Charles Macready, by Horatio Nelson King - NPG x15487

William Charles Macready

by Horatio Nelson King
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x15487

William Charles Macready, by Peter Paul Skeolan, published by  Mason & Co (Robert Hindry Mason) - NPG x15488

William Charles Macready

by Peter Paul Skeolan, published by Mason & Co (Robert Hindry Mason)
albumen carte-de-visite, mid 1860s
NPG x15488

William Charles Macready, by Peter Paul Skeolan, published by  Ashford Brothers & Co - NPG x15489

William Charles Macready

by Peter Paul Skeolan, published by Ashford Brothers & Co
albumen carte-de-visite, mid 1860s
NPG x15489

William Charles Macready, by Mason & Co (Robert Hindry Mason) - NPG Ax25053

William Charles Macready

by Mason & Co (Robert Hindry Mason)
albumen carte-de-visite, 1868 or before
NPG Ax25053

William Charles Macready as Virginius, by Charles Picart, published by  Colnaghi & Co, after  John Jackson - NPG D38125

William Charles Macready as Virginius

by Charles Picart, published by Colnaghi & Co, after John Jackson
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 20 June 1820
NPG D38125

William Charles Macready as Virginius, by Charles Picart, published by  Colnaghi & Co, after  John Jackson - NPG D38126

William Charles Macready as Virginius

by Charles Picart, published by Colnaghi & Co, after John Jackson
hand-coloured stipple engraving, published 20 June 1820
NPG D38126

William Charles Macready as Macbeth, published by Martin Skelt, published by  Benjamin Skelt - NPG D5197

William Charles Macready as Macbeth

published by Martin Skelt, published by Benjamin Skelt
stipple and line engraving, 1820s-1830s
NPG D5197

William Charles Macready, published by Martin Skelt, published by  Benjamin Skelt - NPG D5198

William Charles Macready

published by Martin Skelt, published by Benjamin Skelt
coloured stipple and line engraving, 1820s-1830s
NPG D5198

William Charles Macready as Othello, published by John Tallis & Company, after  H. Tracey - NPG D5199

William Charles Macready as Othello

published by John Tallis & Company, after H. Tracey
stipple and line engraving, circa 1820-1850
NPG D5199

William Charles Macready, published by John Tallis & Company, after  H. Tracey - NPG D5200

William Charles Macready

published by John Tallis & Company, after H. Tracey
stipple and line engraving, circa 1820-1850
NPG D5200

William Charles Macready as Richard II, published by London Printing and Publishing Company Limited - NPG D5201

William Charles Macready as Richard II

published by London Printing and Publishing Company Limited
stipple and line engraving, circa 1820-1850
NPG D5201

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

William Charles Macready as King John

by R. Page, published by George Virtue, after Thomas Charles Wageman
stipple engraving, published circa 1822
NPG D38635

William Charles Macready as Wallace, by J. Rogers, published by  Simpkin and Marshall, after  Thomas Charles Wageman - NPG D38652

William Charles Macready as Wallace

by J. Rogers, published by Simpkin and Marshall, after Thomas Charles Wageman
stipple engraving, published 1823
NPG D38652

William Charles Macready as Rob Roy McGregor, published by Hodgson & Co - NPG D5187

William Charles Macready as Rob Roy McGregor

published by Hodgson & Co
stipple and line engraving, published 10 June 1823
NPG D5187

William Charles Macready as Rob Roy McGregor, published by Hodgson & Co - NPG D5188

William Charles Macready as Rob Roy McGregor

published by Hodgson & Co
stipple and line engraving, published 10 June 1823
NPG D5188

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