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Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble

ca. 1833 Henry Brintnell Bounetheau Born: Charleston, South Carolina 1797 Died: Charleston, South Carolina 1877 Copy after Thomas Sully Born: Horncastle, England 1783 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1872 watercolor on ivory sight 2 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. (6.4 x 8.2 cm) rectangle Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Henry Du Pré Bounetheau 1946.3.18 Not currently on view


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Frances Anne “Fanny” Kemble (1809-1893) was a noted actress, and this miniature is a copy after a painting of her made by Thomas Sully. Sully painted Kemble thirteen times, and in this pose she appears in character as Beatrice from Shakespeare’s play Much Ado About Nothing. Kemble married Philadelphian Pierce Butler in 1834, but their marriage ended in divorce a few years later after frequent clashes over the issue of slavery. Conservation of this miniature was made possible through a generous grant provided by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

Keywords

Portrait female - Kemble, Frances Anne - bust

painting - miniature

paint - watercolor

ivory

About Henry Brintnell Bounetheau

Born: Charleston, South Carolina 1797 Died: Charleston, South Carolina 1877

About Copy after Thomas Sully

Born: Horncastle, England 1783 Died: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1872

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