Roger Kemble, (1721-1802)  actor and manager, father of Mrs. Siddons
Roger Kemble, (1721-1802)  actor and manager, father of Mrs. Siddons
Roger Kemble, (1721-1802)  actor and manager, father of Mrs. Siddons

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Roger Kemble, (1721-1802) actor and manager, father of Mrs. Siddons

c. 1790 England

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In 1753, Roger married actress Sarah "Sally" Ward (1735-1807) at Cirencester, Gloucester, and they had twelve children, who formed the great Kemble family of 19th-century actors and actresses. The oldest of their twelve children, Sarah Siddons, became the most famous. She first appeared as Ariel in The Tempest with her father's company in Coventry in 1766. In 1767 the actor William Siddons joined the company whom Sarah married in 1773, returning to the stage as Mrs. Siddons.

As primarily a theatre manager, Roger Kemble never became as famous as his children, although he scored a success at the Haymarket Theatre, London, where in 1788 he appeared as Falstaff in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1 and in the Miller of Mansfield.


This miniature bears a resemblance to the engraving by William Ridley, published in 1791 after Thomas Beach (NPG D13241). History has it that this miniature was painted by Beach and engraved by Ridley in 1803 although these facts can not be substantiated today.
Old restoration at the border left and right hand side.
Christie's, 20th March 1990 where it was catalogued as by Thomas Beach
Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009
The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 11, 57 (#247) 68 (sitter #59)
Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Kemble". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
"Beach, Thomas". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. pp. 458–9.
Dimensions
Height 6.50 cm (2.56 inches)
Stock Code
4738
Medium
watercolour on ivory
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