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Mrs Siddons Tragedy Grecian Daughter portrait engraving

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Mrs Siddons in the Tragedy of the Grecian Daughter


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Original antique portrait print


Copper line engraving printed in brown ink, published in London in 1789. A portrait of Sarah Siddons in the Grecian Daughter. Siddons (1755-1831), a leading tragic actress and celebrity, dominated the London stage from 1782, when she made her debut at Drury Lane, to her farewell in 1812. Part of a powerful theatrical dynasty, her brothers were the actors Philip and Charles Kemble and her husband was the actor Henry Siddons. The Grecian Daughter (1772) provided Mrs Siddons with one of her favourite parts in the heroine Euphrasia, daughter of Evander, King of Syracuse. Evander is dethroned by Dionysius and imprisoned in a dungeon, where Euphrasia keeps him alive by feeding him with her own milk. Dionysius is in turn overthrown, meets Evander, and is about to kill him when Euphrasia intervenes and stabs Dionysius.

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artist James Caldwell (1739-1822) after William Hamilton (1751-1801)
method Copper-line engraving
date 1789
size 670mm by 4790mm (platemark)
SKU PT1118