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... ..er profes Tempest, Julia in The Rivals, &c. But sional excursions by her mother; and her not finding herself brought sufficiently be private character has been ever highly bore the public, after remaining two seasons and justly appreciated.

LA BELLE ASSEMBLÉE;

For DECEMBER, 1818.

9 New and Improved Series.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ILLUSTRIOUS AND

DISTINGUISHED CHARACTERS.

Pumber One Hundred and Seventeen.

MRS. WEST.

Mrs. WILLIAM West, the subject of || at Covent-Garden, she quitted that Theatre these memoirs, is a native of the city of and entered into an engagement with the Bath ; in which place ber father, Mr. || late Mr. H. Siddons, and appeared at EdinCooke, is a highly respected tradesmian. | burgh, Nov. 10, 1814, as Juliet, where she She was born March 22, 1794. And in received the most unprecedented appronathe year 1810, she was solicited to appear tion, and which character she repeated on the stage of the Theatre Royal, Bath, more than twelve nights in the course of for the benefit of her uncle, Mr. James | the season. Cooke, who was at that time a member of In this city she was married to Mr. West the company. She consented, and made of the same Theatre, who, when a child, her first débút as Miss Hardcustle, in Gold. | performed the juvenile characters at the smith's comedy of She Stoops to Conquer. Theatres Royal, Drury-Lane and PlayShe again made a second essay for the be market. During the summer of 1815, they nefit of her relation, the season following, received proposals from the proprietors of in Emily Tempest. This effort, like the the Bath and Bristol Theatres, where they former, was crowned with complete success. for three seasons met with the warmest In the summer of 1811 she accepted an en marks of approbation in their different casts gagement with the late Mr. Watson, of of characters (Mr. West's liue of acting is the Cheltenham and Gloucester Theatres; simple lads and country boys). where, after remaining one season, so great

In the summer of 1818, Mrs. West was was the progress she made in her profes- engaged by Mr. S. Kemble, and appeared sion, that through the interest of Mr. and at Drury-Lane Theatre, Sept. 17th, in Mrs. C. Kemble, she obtained an engage. Desdemona. She has since performed Belment at Covent Garden; and made her | videra, Juliet, Lady Townly, Lady Macbeth, débút before a London audience, September | Imogene, and Hermione, in The Distressed 1811, as Desdemona.

Mother. Her success was highly flattering; she Previous to the marriage of Mrs. West, afterwards performed Miranda, in The she was always accompanied in her profes. Tempest, Julia in The Rivals, &c. Butsional excursions by her mother; and her not finding herself brought sufficiently be- private character has been ever highly bore the public, after remaining two seasons and justly appreciated.

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