SARAH SIDDONS

Location: Paddington Green, London
Artist: Léon-Joseph Chavalliaud

Sarah Siddons (1755-1831) was a Welsh-born English actress and the most famous tragedienne of the 18th century. She was an acting sensation, dominating the London theatre scene. Her statue, by French sculptor Léon-Joseph Chavalliaud, was unveiled in 1897 on Paddington Green and is based on a portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds as ‘The Tragic Muse’. The sculptor wanted to portray her expressive and brilliant acting talent, that left audiences swooning out of the theatre.