London: Robert Dighton, December 6, 1794. Hand-Colored (300 x 234mm) print of Stephen Kemble in the role of Hamlet, drawn and etched by Robert Dighton and signed by Kemble in red ink, lower right. "The enormously fat Stephen Kemble, as Hamlet, gesticulates, right arm extended, left arm thrown back, fingers (very large) pointing awkwardly; his head is turned in profile to the left. He wears quasi-contemporary dress, much dishevelled, with a star and ribbon from which hangs the elephant of the Danish order. Beneath the title: 'A Large manager in a Great Character . . . . . . that I have thought some of nature's journeymen had made men, and not made them well; they imitated humanity so abominably. 6 December 1794. Drawn & Etchd by R Dighton. 12 Charing Cross Pubd Decr 6t 1794.' (M. Dorothy George, Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum, VII, 1942) An excellent example, with wide margins and superb color, bright and fresh. BM1935,0522.17.3. Fine. Item #BB2566
George Stephen Kemble (1758-1822) was a theater manager, actor, and writer, and a member of the famous Kemble family (his sister was the actress Sarah Siddons). On 24 September 1783 he made his London début, as Othello, at Covent Garden. For fifteen years. Kemble managed the Theatre Royal, in Newcastle. His final performance was as the Miller in The King and the Miller of Mansfield, by Robert Dodsley, on 26 April 1820. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books and prints in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable mylar sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).