Sarah Siddons [née Kemble] (1755-1831), actress. The most acclaimed tragic actress of her age, and widely regarded as the greatest female performer in English theatrical history. Reynolds and Gainsborough both painted her portrait. Siddons lived the last decade of her life in deep melancholy. Fanny wrote of her 'apparent deadness and indifference to everything' 'She has stood on a pinnacle until all things have come to look flat and dreary; mere shapeless, colourless, level monotony to her'. She acted in an open-air theatre with her young niece Fanny at 'Eastlands'.