Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)(1755-1831), Actress
Sitter associated with 38 portraits
Artist associated with 1 portrait
A leading tragic actress and celebrity, Siddons's first major success came in 1782 with her portrayal of Isabella in the Fatal Marriage, written by David Garrick the leading actor-manager of the period. Siddons continued to dominate the London stage until her farewell in 1812. Part of a powerful theatrical dynasty, her brothers were the actors Philip and Charles Kemble, her husband was the actor William Siddons and her son, Henry Siddons was also an actor. She was hailed as the chief interpreter of Shakespeare. Her masterpiece was Lady Macbeth as she excelled in roles that allowed her to combine passionate intelligence with pathos. The critic William Hazlitt proclaimed her 'tragedy personified'.
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by Unknown artist
pencil and red chalk, late 18th or early 19th century
by Sir William Beechey
oil on canvas, 1793
by John Raphael Smith, published by and after Sir Thomas Lawrence
mezzotint, published 18 June 1783
by Thomas Cook, printed for John Bell
line engraving, published 7 May 1783
by John Kay
etching and aquatint, 1784
by and published by James Caldwall (Caldwell), published by and after William Hamilton
mezzotint, published 1 June 1785
by James Caldwall (Caldwell), after William Hamilton
line engraving, published 1789
- Cecilia Combe (née Siddons) (daughter)
- Adelaide Kemble (Mrs Sartoris) (niece)
- Charles Kemble (brother)
- Frances ('Fanny') Kemble (sister)
- Frances Anne ('Fanny') Kemble (niece)
- Henry Vincent James Kemble (nephew)
- John Philip Kemble (brother)
- Roger Kemble (father)
- Stephen Kemble (brother)
- George John Siddons (son)
- Henry Siddons (son)
- Maria Siddons (daughter)
- Sarah Martha ('Sally') Siddons (daughter)
- Elizabeth Whitlock (née Kemble) (sister)
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