John Philip Kemble

John Philip Kemble (1757-1823) was the brother of Charles Kemble (see Briggs DPG291) and Mrs Siddons (see Reynolds DPG318). A celebrated tragic actor and manager at Covent Garden between 1803-17, Kemble was a friend of Desenfans and Bourgeois and was reputedly responsible for suggesting Dulwich as a suitable home for the Bourgeois collection. DPG111 was commissioned by Desenfans in 1798 or shortly before and was exhibited at the RA in the following year. A version is in the Garrick Club.