A Passion for Performance: Sarah Siddons and Her Portraitists brings together three engaging essays that re-create the eventful life, both on and off the stage, of the great eighteenth-century actress Sarah Siddons. Siddons was renowned for her bravura performances in tragic roles, and her fame was enhanced by the many portraits of her painted by the leading artists of the day. The greatest of these was Sir Joshua Reynolds’s Sarah Siddons as the Tragic Muse, a painting now in the Huntington Art Collections and recently studied at the Getty Center. A Passion for Performance places this magnificent portrait within the context of Siddons’s career as an actress and cultural icon.
The book includes a chronology of Siddonsís life by volume editor Robyn Asleson.
Table of Contents
- A Sarah Siddons Chronology
- The Public and Private Roles of Sarah Siddons
- “She Was Tragedy Personified”: Crafting the Siddons Legend in Art and Life
- “A Sublime and Masterly Performance”: The Making of Sir Joshua Reynolds’s Sarah Siddons as the Tragic Muse
Shelley Bennett and Mark Leonard, with technical studies by Narayan Khandekar