Regency Portraits Catalogue

John Philip Kemble (1757-1823), Actor

Actor excelling especially in Shakespearean tragedy; brother of Mrs Siddons.

'There had been no other such countenance on the stage as that of Kemble. If 1000 men were collected together you wd be struck with the face of Kemble' (Lawrence quoted by Farington, Diary, 16 July 1810).

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Park et al. 1926
Lawrence Park, J. H. Morgan and R. Cortissoz, Gilbert Stuart, an illustrated descriptive list of his works, an account of his life and an appreciation, 4 vols., NY, 1926.

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.