Sunday, 13 January 2013

Sarah Siddons

In case you're wondering about one of the world's oldest electric locomotives in service - No 12 Sarah Siddons - it was named after the Welsh actress Sarah Siddons (1755-1831). Above is an oil sketch of Sarah attributed to Thomas Beach, also attributed to William Hamilton RA. Considered the finest tragedienne of the 18th century, Sarah made the Shakespearean character Lady Macbeth her own (CLICK). She is buried in the churchyard of St Mary's. There is a statue of her by Chavilland, erected in 1897, at Paddington Green, near to Marylebone in London. Stefanie Powers and our own Deborah Kerr CBE both won the Sarah Siddons Award.


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