18th century portrait painting of arguably Britain's first 'body shamed' actress has been discovered

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An 18th century portrait painting of arguably Britain's first 'body shamed' actress has sold for almost £12,000.<br />
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Sarah Siddons was the most famous stage star of her generation who shone in Shakespearean roles, in particular Lady Macbeth.<br />
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The buxom actress was painted at the height of her fame by Sir Thomas Lawrence for a work which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1797.