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Charles John Kean

1 portrait of Charles John Kean

Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Charles John Kean

by Jemima Blackburn (née Wedderburn)
1833-1857
4 1/8 x 5 1/8 in. (106 x 131 mm)
NPG 2772(33b)

Inscriptionback to top

Inscribed below the drawing in ink: "What, does the aspiring blood of Lancaster sink/i' th' ground, I thought it would have mounted"

This portraitback to top

This drawing also represents Kean as Richard III.

Physical descriptionback to top

In both water-colours, Kean is dressed in a black cap, red and brown garment and brown tights. The other figure in the second drawing is dressed in purple and white.

Provenanceback to top

The Clerk Family; by descent to Miss Clerk, and presented by her, 1935.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, 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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