Charles Kemble

Henry Perronet BriggsBefore 1832

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Charles Kemble (1775-1854), brother of John Philip Kemble (see Beechey DPG111) and Mrs Siddons (see Reynolds DPG318) was a versatile actor, most successful in comic roles. He was also manager at Covent Garden from 1822. DPG291 may be one of the portraits of Kemble exhibited by Briggs at the RA in 1832 and 1835. Another version, formerly with Lady Butler, is in the Garrick Club.

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  • Title: Charles Kemble
  • Date: Before 1832
  • Physical Dimensions: w638 x h765 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • Work Notes: Charles was the brother of John Kemble (Beechey, 111) and Mrs Siddons (Reynolds, 318). He was a comic actor who became manager of Covent Garden Theatre in 1822.
  • Work Nationality: British
  • Support: Canvas
  • Provenance: ?London, Christie's, H. P. Briggs sale, 27 Apr. 1844, lot 565; G. Bartley gift, 1854.
  • Artist: Briggs, Henry Perronet
  • Acquisition Method: Bartley, George (Gift, 1854)