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.

Currently on display

Artist
Sir William Beechey
Date
c.1798-9
Location
Entrance Hall - South Wall
Dimensions
76.8 x 64.1 cm
Materials
Oil on canvas
Acquisition
Bourgeois Bequest, 1811
Accession number
DPG111
Notes
Adopted by the The Elizabeth Cayzer Charitable Trust, 2011