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Sarah Siddons and Sir Thomas Lawrence: Correspondence

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.6445

Scope and Contents

A series of letters dealing with the love-affair between Sir Thomas Lawrence and the daughters of Mrs Siddons, 67 folios. Most are addressed to Mrs (Penelope S.) Pennington, the remainder being her replies. The correspondents are T. Lawrence, Mrs Pennington, Mrs Siddons, and Miss S. Siddons.


  • Creation: 1798-1803


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1 volume(s) (1 volume)

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Full list available in descriptions box in Manuscripts Reading Room.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by C. Fairfax Murray in 1916. Formerly in the possession of Oswald G. Knapp.

Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm available


The contents of Add. 6445 were edited and published in 1904 as 'An Artist's Love Story told in the letters of Sir Thomas Lawrence, Mrs Siddons and her daughters', by the then owner Oswald G. Knapp. See also 'Thomas Lawrence: Regency Power & Brilliance' (National Portrait Gallery, catalogue, 2010).
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