Portrait of Drury Lane’s Best Known Lady Macbeth to Be Offered at Bonhams

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LONDON.- A portrait miniature by Horace Hone of Sarah Siddons (1755 – 1825), a British actress who found fame on Drury Lane for her portrayal of Lady Macbeth and became the best known tragedienne of the 18th century, will be offered by Bonhams in the Fine Portrait Miniature sale taking place in Knightsbridge on November 24th. The portrait is estimated to sell for £6,000 – 8,000. Born in Brecon, Wales, Sarah Siddons was the eldest daughter of an actor-manager, whose travelling company included most members of his family. In 1774, Siddons’ performance as Belvidera in Thomas Otway’s ‘Venice Preserved’ brought her to the attention of David Garrick, who asked her to appear at Drury Lane. However, her first appearances were not well received and from 1777, she worked in provincial companies, gradually building up her reputation. Her next Drury Lane appearance in 1782 could not have been more different. She was an immediat