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Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

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Sarah Siddons (née Kemble), by John Henning, 1807 -NPG 5460 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mid-Georgian Portraits Catalogue

Sarah Siddons (née Kemble)

by John Henning
1807
2 1/4 in. (57 mm) diameter
NPG 5460

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Incised on shoulder: 1807/HENNING/ F

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Henning exhibited a medallion of Mrs Siddons at the Association of Scottish Artists, Edinburgh, in 1808. A copper mould and a plaster cast are in the Paisley Art Gallery and another cast is in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (PG 537). A related drawing by him was sold Sotheby’s, 15 March 1984, lot 25. [1] In 1810 Henning exhibited a bust of Mrs Siddons in Edinburgh. These were apparently the items he again exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists in 1824: no.343 a 'Bust of Mrs Siddons' and no.515 a Portrait of Mrs Siddons fifteen Years ago; A Study for a Medallion (drawing).
Benjamin West, in speaking ‘very favourably’ of Henning’s work, singled out his ‘life size [drawing] of Mrs Siddons and her small Medallion’. [2]

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1) Illus. J. Malden, John Henning, exhibition catalogue, Paisley, 1977, n.p..
2) Henning to William Mure, 9 January 1844; quoted in J. Malden, John Henning, exhibition catalogue, Paisley, 1977, n.p..

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Purchased from Agnew 1981.

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Sculpture and Works of Art, Agnew, 1981 (10).


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Mid-Georgian Portraits 1760-1790, National Portrait Gallery, 2004, 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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