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Portrait Medallion - John Philip Kemble - c. 1784

Portrait Medallion - John Philip Kemble
    Portrait Medallion - John Philip Kemble

Portrait Medallion of John Philip Kemble.

Portrait Medallion of John Philip Kemble. English actor and brother of Sarah Siddons. 1757 - 1823. Attributed to John Flaxman.

  • Type of object: Plaques and medallions/portrait medallion
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    [Impressed on obverse]
  • Year produced: c. 1784
  • Body: Jasper
  • Glaze: unglazed
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: dipped
  • Accession number: 4310

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  • John Flaxman Jnr RA

    John Flaxman Jnr RA (1754 - 1825)

    English sculptor, and designer, born in York, the son of a modeller and maker of plaster casts. The family moved to Covent Garden, London in 1756. In 1766 at the age of 11 Flaxman Jnr won a premium from the Society of Arts, now the Royal Society of Arts, enrolling three years later as one of the first students of the newly founded Royal Academy Schools. He exhibited for the first time at the Academy in 1770, and had come to the attention of the founder of the Wedgwood company, Josiah I himself, in 1771. By 1775 Flaxman Jnr had commenced to provide models and designs to the Wedgwood factory. Flaxman at Wedgwood’s behest went to Rome in 1787, where he remained, studying classical architecture and arts until 1794. During this period Flaxman supplied many important designs to Wedgwood. Amongst these can be numbered the famous ‘Apotheosis of Homer’ relief and vase; ‘Hercules in the Garden of Hesperides’; various bust subjects including Mercury, as well as the Josiah Wedgwood memorial in St Peter ad Vincula, Stoke-on-Trent’s parish church. Flaxman also supplied a huge range of portrait medallions and smaller sized bas reliefs for use by the firm.

  • John Philip Kemble Subject

    John Philip Kemble - Subject (1757 - 1823)

    John Philip Kemble was an English actor. He was born into a theatrical family as the eldest son of Roger Kemble, actor-manager of a touring troupe. His elder sister Sarah Siddons achieved fame with him on the stage of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. His other siblings Charles Kemble, Stephen Kemble, Ann Hatton and Elizabeth Whitlock also enjoyed success on the stage.


  • Portrait Medallion

    Portrait Medallion


    A medallion, either circular or oval, made usually from black basalt or jasper, which features a head or head and shoulders study, rather than a relief of a classical nature.