White marble; plinth of mottled red marble on black marble base, with strip of white marble between, 124.5 x 38 x 38
“CHARLES KEMBLE / PRESENTED BY / EDWARD SARTORIS ESQ RE / 1886” (front of plinth, incised letters touched with gold)
Edward Sartoris, by whom presented to the Garrick Club, 1886 (pedestal presented by Henry Kemble, 1889)
Gift 221 (pedestal)
1844 London, R. A. (1322) ?
“Illustrated London News” 18 November 1854 (woodcut), when the bust was in the possession of the family
In this spare neo-classical likeness, Charles Kemble is shown in distinguished old age.
Butler also exhibited a “Bust of Charles Kemble” at the 1846 R. A. (1426). The sculptor exhibited about 100 busts at the Royal Academy between 1828 and 1879. His best known works are the lamp-standards along the Thames Embankment in Westminster.
Edward Sartoris, who gave the bust to the Club, was Charles Kemble's son-in-law.