Richard Crosse (1742-1810)
Portrait of Sarah Siddons, born Kemble
Watercolour on ivory
Inscribed on the backboard, 'R.Crosse / 1783 / 30 Guineas'
Museum no. P.146-1929
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mrs Siddons (1755-1831) was the leading British tragic actress. Her parents had led a troupe of travelling actors and many of her family also became noted actors. Crosse exhibited a miniature of 'Mrs Siddons' at the Royal Academy in 1783.