Sarah Siddons' gloves

Sarah Siddons' gloves

These gloves are said to have been worn by the great actress, Sarah Siddons (1755-1831). It is impossible to prove whether this is true. These gloves were in the possession of the same family for over 100 years, which brings them within a generation of Siddons herself. It is not possible to say whether they were worn on stage or in private. Even with photographic evidence, it can be difficult to prove that a costume or accessory was worn by a particular performer in a specific performance. In Siddons’ day, engravings never recorded costumes in photographic detail and productions were not ‘designed’ as today, but were put together from a theatre’s wardrobe or the actor’s own costume collection.