Maria Theresa Kemble
1 of 2 portraits of Maria Theresa Kemble
- Extended catalogue entry
Regency Portraits Catalogue
Maria Theresa Kemble
by Alfred Edward Chalon
4 1/4 in. x 4 3/8 in. (110 mm x 113 mm)
Inscriptionback to top
Inscribed in ink: Mrs C. Kemble (erased) Miss De Camp in Personation/1804.
This portraitback to top
In Personation 1804.
The Chalon brothers painted a wide variety of subjects, mainly in watercolour. Alfred Chalon became a fashionable portraitist, painting, among others, a very successful head of Princess Charlotte and one of the first portraits of Queen Victoria after her accession. Theatrical caricatures were an unusual genre for him though the V&A Museum has a sizeable collection of them.
Physical descriptionback to top
Half-length profile to right, towering head-dress, pince-nez on end of nose, acting in her own play Personation.
Provenanceback to top
Probably Chalon sale, Christie's 13 March 1861 (390), as 'Theatrical Reminiscences. Vol. i: a scrapbook containing admirable caricatures of celebrated singers and dancers'; Mrs Florence A. Blake and bought from her 1922.
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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