John Bell, Patron of British Theatrical Portraiture: A Catalog of the Theatrical Portraits in His Editions of Bell's Shakespeare and Bell's British Theatre
For this catalog, Kalman A. Burnim has selected more than 360 portraits from various editions of the John Bell publication Bell's Shakespeare (including John Barker's continuation of 1799-1800) and from Bell's British Theatre (including George Cawthorn's 1797 edition). Philip H. Highfill Jr. has furnished the introductory essay for the catalog. Most of these portraits are by James Roberts and Samuel De Wilde, who were among the leading painters of actors and actresses between 1770 and 1820. Richard Cosway, William Hamilton, Gilbert Stuart, and other painters also have work represented in the catalog. The engraved versions are by James Thornthwaite, William Leney, Philippe Audinet, and others. When possible, each entry is illustrated by a reproduction of the engraving or by an original picture. For each entry, Burnim provides details of publication, the provenance and related pictures, the locations of the originals, and commentary.
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1776 bell edition 27 March acted this role actor Anonymous date published anonymous engraving April Audinet date published Bell sale Bell's British Library Bell's British Theatre bought Charles Mathews Christie's Colley Cibber Colored drawing Cooke costume Covent Garden Theatre David Garrick drawing by Roberts drawing on vellum drawings in lot Drury Lane Theatre engraving 14 feathers February five other drawings Frances Abington full-length Garrick Club Gretton J. H. Ramberg engraver J.Thornthwaite date published John Bell John Philip Kemble left arm left hand Leigh & Sotheby's Leney date published Line engraving 11.4 location of original long dress Macklin March 1793 lot Mary Ann Yates November October Oil on canvas performed plate to British play portraits printed provenance quotation right hand Roberts engraver role in London seum Burney Shakespeare Siddons Sotheby's standing to front Thomas Unknown vellum waist waistcoat Watercolor drawing wearing a long wearing breeches Wilde engraver William