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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

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

Actor-manager and dramatist; born in Ireland, first appeared at Lincoln's Inn Theatre, 1725, in the Oedipus by Dryden and Lee, and subsequently in leading roles at Drury Lane, Covent Garden and in Dublin; his last performance, 1789, was as Shylock, his most famous characterisation; his own works include Man of the World, a comedy, and The Suspicious Husband Criticised, a satire on the play by Dr Hoadly; his daughter Maria, an actress of talent (d. 1781), appeared in many of his productions.

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Binyon 1898-1907
L. Binyon, Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists ... in the British Museum, 1898-1907.

Catalogue Raisonnee of Mr. Mathew's Gallery of Historical Portraits, 1833.

Earland 1911
A. Earland, John Opie and His Circle, 1911.

Mander and Mitchenson 1955
R. Mander and J. Mitchenson, The Artist and the Theatre [catalogue of the Somerset Maugham collection], 1955.

Patmore 1824
[L. G. Patmore], British Galleries of Art, 1824.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, 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.