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Regency Portraits Catalogue

Edmund Kean (1787-1833), Actor

Lilian Hall, Catalogue of Dramatic Portraits in … Harvard College Library, 1930-4 lists 267 portraits of Kean, mainly popular prints in character; many of these are in the British Museum and NPG collections.
The Garrick Club has 13 portraits in oil and watercolour by De Wilde (as 'Richard III'), by J. W. Gear (as 'Richard III' and 'Hamlet'), by Meyer (as 'Chief of Huron Indians'), by Clint (as 'Richard III') and others.
The chief authentic portraits, catalogued alphabetically, are:

By Clint as 'Sir Giles Overreach' in the V&A Museum and as 'Richard III' at Mottisfont.
By Doyle as 'Sir Giles' in British Museum (Laurence Binyon, Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists … in the British Museum, p 94).
By Drummond as 'Richard III' exhibited RA 1814 (315) now in Old Vic Theatre.
By Gear as 'Richard III' exhibited RA 1822 (718).
By Halls noted in Farington's Diary, 3 July 1814 and exhibited RA 1815 (189) as 'Richard III', mezzotint by C. Turner 1824.
By Joseph exhibited RA 1815 (899) bust for Drury Lane Theatre and medallion exhibited RA 1817 (980).
By Knight, a half-length holding playbill, sold Phillips 22 January 1979 (101).
By Lawrence 'a study of a Head supposed to be Edmund Kean' Foster's 15 March 1848 and now possibly that at Harvard (Kenneth Garlick, ‘Catalogue of Paintings, Drawings and Pastels of Sir Thomas Lawrence' in Walpole Society Journal, XXXIX, p 115).
By Maclise as 'Hamlet' in National Gallery of Ireland (1019).
By Neagle 1826 as 'Richard III' in Smithsonian Institution.
By Northcote 1819 as 'Brutus' at Southill (Major Whitbread) and mezzotint by S. W. Reynolds.
By Elizabeth Reynolds exhibited RA 1822 (77) and mezzotint by S. W. Reynolds.
By Reinagle as 'Hamlet', possibly that exhibited RA 1829 (381) and now in private collection Ealing.
Miniature by S. J. Stump as 'Brutus' exhibited RA 1819 (808) and 1842 (132), one in Guildhall, London.
Miniature by W. H. Watts as 'Shylock', mezzotint by Henry Meyer 1814.
Terracotta bust by unknown sculptor as 'Sir Giles Overreach', mounted on six volumes of Hume's History of England, 1813, in Mander and Mitchenson Theatre Collection, reproduced NACF Review 1983, no.2964.

Memorial statue by Carew in Drury Lane Theatre with a sepia drawing in NPG Reference Collection.

Staffordshire pottery figure shows him as 'Richard III' (P. D. Gordon Pugh, Staffordshire Portrait Figures, 1970, p 327, reproduced in colour).

This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.