The Princeton theater collection holds many 18th-century British mezzotints of actors and actresses in some of their most popular roles. Below is a portrait of Frances Kemble (1759-1822), the younger sister of Sarah Siddons, who married Shakespearean scholar Francis Twiss. It is an early proof before the engraved lettering was added.
Edward Fisher (1722-1785) after John Berridge (1740-active 1804), Miss Rose in the Character of Tom Thumb. Act II. Scene II, August 30, 1770. Mezzotint. Graphic Arts Collection GA 2013.00396. Inscribed “Ha! Dogs, Arrest my Friend before my Face!… Tom Thumb shall shew his Anger by his Sword / Kills the Bailliff and his Followers…”.
Portrait of Robert Turbutt (died 1746) as Sosia.
Portrait of William Smith (1730-1819) playing the role of Iachimo in Cymbaline by William Shakespeare (1564-1616).
This is a portrait of John Moody (born John Cochran, 1727-1812) as the Irish priest Foigard in George Farquhar’s The Beaux Stratagem.