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A passion for performance : Sarah Siddons and her portraitists

Author: Robyn Asleson; Shelley M Bennett; Mark Leonard; Shearer West
Publisher: Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Renowned for her majestic beauty and impassioned performances, the English actress Sarah Siddons (1755-1831) revolutionized the aesthetics of eighteenth century theater while inventing a complex public persona to promote her fame. Her flair for self-presentation was matched by the showmanship of the many artists who portrayed her." "The three lively essays in this volume - by Robyn Asleson, Shelley Bennett and Mark  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Portraits
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Passion for performance.
Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, [1999]
(OCoLC)874997244
Named Person: Sarah Siddons; Sarah Siddons; Sarah Siddons; Sarah Siddons; Sarah Siddons
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robyn Asleson; Shelley M Bennett; Mark Leonard; Shearer West
ISBN: 0892365560 9780892365562 0892365579 9780892365579
OCLC Number: 40621764
Description: xvii, 142 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Contents: Foreword / Deborah Gribbon --
A Sarah Siddons Chronology / Robyn Asleson --
The Public and Private Roles of Sarah Siddons / Shearer West --
"She Was Tragedy Personified": Crafting the Siddons Legend in Art and Life / Robyn Asleson --
"A Sublime and Masterly Performance": The Making of Sir Joshua Reynolds's Sarah Siddons as the Tragic Muse / Shelley Bennett and Mark Leonard.
Responsibility: Robyn Asleson, editor ; Shelley Bennett, Mark Leonard, Shearer West.
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"Renowned for her majestic beauty and impassioned performances, the English actress Sarah Siddons (1755-1831) revolutionized the aesthetics of eighteenth century theater while inventing a complex public persona to promote her fame. Her flair for self-presentation was matched by the showmanship of the many artists who portrayed her." "The three lively essays in this volume - by Robyn Asleson, Shelley Bennett and Mark Leonard, and Shearer West - explore Siddons's life and career, as well as her complex relationships with a number of artists."--Jacket.

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