It had balls at the assembly-rooms; it had Mrs. Siddons to play; it had Catalani to sing.
Mrs. Siddons exhibited the highest perfection p. 234of acting.
It has, however, been disputed, whether Mrs. Siddons possessed genius.
"I don't doubt it, Mr. Ditmar," Siddons gracefully conceded.
Nor must we forget the Portrait of Mrs. Siddons, painted by Gainsborough, in the charm of her twenty-ninth year, in 1784.
On January 2d, 1776, she repeated Portia, "by Mrs. Siddons."
In 1783, when Mrs. Siddons was the leading actress of the time, she sat to Reynolds.
All Mrs. Siddons did, good sense or good instruction might give.
Two whom she then lost, and whom she most deeply regretted, were Mrs. Siddons and Mrs. Inchbald.
Mrs. Siddons turned round and said: "I feel very differently."