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John Philip Kemble

John Philip Kemble, by John Gibson, 1814 -NPG 149 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Regency Portraits Catalogue

John Philip Kemble

by John Gibson
13 1/2 in. (343 mm) high
NPG 149

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Incised: KEMBLE in front and on his right side: I GIBSON Ft/ LIVERPOOL/1814.

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Gibson's letter to Scharf, written from Eastlake's house 30 June 1862, says '... It is the only bust modelled of John Kemble - he sat to me at Liverpool when I was very young' (NPG archive. A larger version in plaster, head and shoulders in costume as 'Cato' or 'Coriolanus', is in Sir John Soane's Museum; a pencil profile to left in classical dress, signed: John Gibson, is in the British Museum (Laurence Binyon, Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists … in the British Museum, II, p 216). Flaxman appears to have used this work as a basis for the statue in Westminster Abbey.

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Given by the sculptor in 1862.

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.

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