Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)
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Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)
by John Downman
8 in. x 6 3/4 in. (203 mm x 171 mm) oval
Given by Mrs D.E. Knollys, 1934
Sitterback to top
- Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) (1755-1831), Actress. Sitter associated with 38 portraits, Artist associated with 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
John Downman studied under Benjamin West and exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1770 and 1802. This depiction of Sarah Siddons is one of twenty portraits of 'beauties' commissioned by the 3rd Duke of Richmond. The subject, who was painted in theatrical guises by all of the leading artists of her day including Gainsborough and Reynolds, is pictured here in ordinary, fashionable dress.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Ingamells, John, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, 2004, p. 431
- Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 67
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 564
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- Late Eighteenth Century Prints and Drawings (17 April 2004 - 5 September 2004)
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