John Kemble as Richard III by Willliam Hamilton

John Philip Kemble (1751-1801), generally regarded as the greatest tragic actor of his day, came from a famous stage family, being the brother of Charles Kemble and Mrs Siddons.


Oil on canvas
211 x 157 cm
Art Fund grant:
£565 ( Total: £2,260)
Acquired in:
Roy Miles

He was Manager of Drury Lane Theatre for many years, and subsequently of Covent Garden. William Hamilton was extensively employed on illustrations for Boydell's Shakespeare and other lavish publications, for which he was much admired. He was prolific as a portrait painter, specialising in sitters connected with the stage. Transferred from the Mander & Mitchenson Theatre Collection in 2011.