Charles TURNER after John James HALL.
M.r Kean in Richard the Third
Act IV. Scene 4. _ Well, as you guess!
Mezzotint, published c.1814.
Plate size 25½ x 15 inches, framed.
Edmund Kean (1787-1833), actor, regarded in his time as the greatest
ever. The National Portrait gallery describes him as "unrivalled
in tragic parts, most notably Richard III".
Although undated the print is likely to have been published in 1812 because
it is dedicated to the brewer & MP for Bedford, Samuel Whitbread.
It was Whitbread who started a committee after the Drury Lane Theatre
caught fire in 1809 and was burnt to the ground leaving debts of £500,000!
He used his political connections to raise the funds that enabled the
theatre to be rebuilt and reopen so this print is dedicated to him in
recognition of his endeavours.