John Philip Kemble
Ex Clarice Hamill Collection. No.72.The collection broken up in 1953, part of which went to the Art Institute of Chicago.
The image is very similar to the one used for the Wedgwood portrait, attributed to John Flaxman circa 1784.
John Philip Kemble, (1757-1823), popular English actor and manager of the Drury Lane and Covent Garden, where his reforms improved the status of the theatrical profession. He played heavy dramatic roles in the artificial and statuesque style then in vogue. His most famous roles were Shakespeare's Brutus in Julius Caesar and the title roles in Hamlet and, above all, Coriolanus. He excelled in declamation but could not express strong or subtle emotions.
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