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Artist/Maker

Sarah Siddons (1755-1831) was born Sarah Kemble, and was a member of the extraordinary Kemble family who dominated the British stage in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. When young she acted with William Siddons whom she married in 1773, against her parents' wishes. She first appeared as Lady Macbeth in London in 1785 and soon became London's leading actress, excelling in tragic and heroic roles.

This plaque was erected by the Society of Artists at her London home 17 York Place, near Baker Street. When the house was demolished it was saved and presented to the Theatre Museum.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
stone-glazed earthenware on a solid base
Brief Description
Commemorative plaque originally erected outside the London home of the actress Sarah Siddons (1755-1831) at 17, York Place, Baker Street, W1. Glazed earthenware. Given by the London County Council.
Physical Description
Circular earthenware plaque glazed in brown with white lettering, featuring a decorative border near the outer edge. The border incorporates the words: 'Erected by the Society of Artists' in upper case lettering, and the central lettering notes in upper case: 'Sarah Siddons. Actress. Lived here. b.1755 d.1831'
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 47.3cm
  • Depth: 2.2cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • MRS SIDDONS ACTRESS LIVED HERE B.1755 D.1831 (In upper case white lettering in the centre of the plaque)
  • ERECTED BY THE SOCIETY OF ARTISTS (In upper case white lettering in the decorative border)
Credit line
Given by the London County Council
Object history
This plaque was erected outside Mrs. Siddon's home at 17 York Place, Baker Street, W.1. The plaque was saved when the house was demolished.
Association
Summary
Sarah Siddons (1755-1831) was born Sarah Kemble, and was a member of the extraordinary Kemble family who dominated the British stage in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. When young she acted with William Siddons whom she married in 1773, against her parents' wishes. She first appeared as Lady Macbeth in London in 1785 and soon became London's leading actress, excelling in tragic and heroic roles.



This plaque was erected by the Society of Artists at her London home 17 York Place, near Baker Street. When the house was demolished it was saved and presented to the Theatre Museum.
Collection
Accession Number
S.42-1987

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