Kemble, Adelaide

SINGER, WRITER (ENGLAND)
BORN 13 Feb 1815, London - DIED 4 Aug 1879, Warash House, Hampshire
GRAVE LOCATION Ightham, Kent: St. Peter's Churchyard

Younger daughter of Charles Kemble and sister of Fanny Kemble. Sarah Siddons was her aunt. She studied singing with John Braham and in Italy with Giuditta Pasta. Her professional career started in 1835 and she performed in Germany, Italy, Paris and Prague. She travelled Europe for a while in the company of Franz Liszt. In 1841 she played the role of Norma at the Covent Garden Theatre.

After a short but succesful career she stopped singing with a brief speech after a concert in 1842. This was because of her marriage to the rich Edward Sartoris in 1843, allthough the love of her live was Francis Thun (1809-1870). Nonetheless her marriage was good and she and Edward had three children. During the rest of her life she still sang, but only in private. She lived with her husband in England, France and Italy. Just like her sister Fanny she turned to writing several times.

In Rome the young painter Frederic Leighton became a close friend and he was greatly influenced by her personality. They remained close friends for life. Her son Algernon Sartoris married Nellie Grant, a daughter of the American president Grant, in 1874. On that occasion she visited the White House.

She died in 1879 and according to her own wishes she was buried in Ightham, where her friend Greville rested since his death in 1872.

Work: "Medusa and Other Tales" (1868); "Past Hours" (1880).

Family
• Father: Kemble, Charles
• Sister: Kemble, Fanny

Related persons
• has a connection with Liszt, Franz
• knew Viardot-Garcia, Pauline

Sources
• Blainey, Ann, Fanny and Adelaide, Ivan R. Dee, Chicago, 2001
• Crawford, Anne and others, The Europa Biographical Dictionary of British Women, Europa Publications Ltd, London, 1983
Third Generation


Kemble, Charles

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 8 Jun 2014