07 July 2010

~Historical Figures~ Sarah Siddons

While Mrs. Siddons doesn't actually make an appearance in Deception, she is mentioned within the story as the greatest actress to ever tread the boards. 

This statement, for the Regency, is regarded as fact. Mrs. Sarah Siddons did indeed make a name for herself, especially in the role of Lady Macbeth.

By 1812, six years before Deception takes place, Mrs. Siddons had already retired after an illustrious career. Her farewell performance in 1812 was that of her most famous role, Lady Macbeth, which culminated in an emotional speech lasting eight minutes. After that, she still appeared on stage from time to time, making her final appearance in 1819. She died in 1831 at the age of 75.

*First graphic is Mrs. Sarah Siddons, oil on canvas by Thomas Gainsborough, 1785 (linked to its Wikimedia Commons page). Second graphic taken from La Belle Assemblée, February 1812.
**Further reading: La Belle Assemblée, February 1812, p59; Wikipedia


  1. Hi!
    I am really excited about your launch today!! Sounds like a fascinating book!

  2. Thank you, Swati! And thank you so much for stopping by! :o)

  3. I love the paintings from that time period, the people look a little odd sometimes, but very classy. You are so knowledgable Jaimey! Congrats on the 'Deception' release today!!

  4. Thank you, Paige. I've barely touched the surface of the period. I better keep digging because I really enjoy the seamy underbelly. LOL



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