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Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) as the Tragic Muse

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Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) as the Tragic Muse

by Francis Haward, after Sir Joshua Reynolds
stipple, published 1787 (1783-1784)
Primary Collection
NPG L269.B6.14

On display in Room 11 on Floor 3 at the National Portrait Gallery

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Artistsback to top

  • Francis Haward (1759-1797), Engraver. Artist or producer associated with 9 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.
  • Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Painter and first President of the Royal Academy. Artist or producer associated with 1424 portraits, Sitter associated with 39 portraits.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D4232: Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) as the Tragic Muse (based on same portrait)
  • NPG D14253: Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) as the Tragic Muse (based on same portrait)
  • NPG D41674: Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) as the Tragic Muse (based on same portrait)
  • NPG D9069: Sarah Siddons (née Kemble) as the Tragic Muse (from same plate)

Events of 1787back to top

Current affairs

Social reformers Granville Sharp and Thomas Clarkson found the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade in London with support from John Wesley, Josiah Wedgwood and others.
George III shows first signs of mental instability in November.

Art and science

Painter Robert Barker takes out a patent on the Panorama..
Astronomer William Herschel discovers the two moons of Uranus, Titania and Oberon.
The original Lord's Cricket Ground holds its first cricket match.

International

Captain William Bligh sets sail for Tahiti on The Bounty.
First performance of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Don Giovanni at the National Theatre, Prague.
A British ship lands a party of freed slaves as the first modern settlers in Sierra Leone.
Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth with eleven ships full of convicts to establish a penal colony in Australia.
Bahamas become a British colony.

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