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Nor less he pleased, when on some surly plan
In Brute he shone unequallid : all agree
So great that we knew not which most to admire,
EPIGRAM BY HOGARTH.
Your face performs the task well."
And an accomplish'd Maskwell.”
And knew their horrid hearts:
You overdo your parts.” Quin having quarrelled with Rich, and retired in the sulks to Bath, intimated his wish to return by the following laconio epistle:
" I am at Bath,
Yours, JAMES QUIN.
Yours, J. RICH."
He could not, for a moment, sink the man.
Next follows Sheridan. A doubtful naine,
Just his conceptions, natural and great, His feelings strong, his words enforced with weight. Was speech-famed Quin himself to hear him speak, Envy would drive the colour from his cheek; 996 But step-dame Nature, niggard of her grace, Denied the social powers of voice and face.
986 Dorax, the rough soldier in Dryden's Don Sebastian.
987 Thomas Sheridan, the Godson of Dean Swift, was born at Quilca, in Ireland, in 1721. After a classical education, he in 1743 appeared on the stage in Dublin, and acquired considerable eminence as a tragedian, particularly in the character of Cato. In the situation of manager he became very unpopular in that city, owing to his attempts to pmvent any spectators intruding behind the scenes; and, being compelled to embark for England, was engaged luring one season at Covent Garden. In 1756 he revisited Dublin, where the animosity against him had subsided, and was received with great applause. However he soon quitted the Irish stage and commenced lecturer on elocution, in which he met with signal success, and was honoured by the university of Dublin with the degree of M. A. At the accession of
Fix'd in one frame of features, glare of eye,
His actions always strong, but sometimes such,
George the Third a pension was granted to him, and in 1763 he read a course of elegant lectures on elocution to numerous audiences in the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. In 1778 he compiled a Dictionary of the English language with respect chiefly to its orthoepy. He also published a life of Swift in 1784, and died in 1788. Mr. Sheridan was a man of considerable abilities, and his oratorical essays evince his talents as an author. He was husband to the author of Nourjahad and of Sidney Biddulph, and father of the Right Honourable R. B. Sheridan, M. P. for Stafford. As an actor it may be considered as a sufficient tribute to his merit to relate that he excited the jealousy of Garrick more than any other player. As a man, it may suffice to quote Dr. Johnson's character of him," that were mankind divided into two classes of good and bad, he would stand considerably within the ranks of the former."
I thought he would have knock'd poor Davies down
Last Garrick came.—Behind him throng a train
1027 David Garrick was the son of Peter Garrick, of Lichfield, a captain in the army. He was born in 1716. In 1737, he with his townsman and instructor, Dr. Samuel Johnson, came to London to seek his fortune, where he first entered himself of Lincoln's Inn, with a view to the Bar, and afterwards entered into partnership with his brother Peter in the wine trade. In 1741, after experiencing some slights from the managers of Drury Lane and Covent Garden, he determined to make trial of his theatrical qualifications at the playhouse in Goodman's Fields, under the direction of Mr. Giffard. The part he chose for his first appearance was that of Richard the Third, in which he displayed so clear a conception of the character, such power of execution, and a union of talent so varied, extensive, and unexpected, as soon established his reputation as the first actor of his own or of any former age. In the whole range of low comedy he blended such a knowledge of art with the simplicity of nature, as made all the minutiæ of the picture complete. Thus his Abel Drugger was as perfect in design and colouring as the dark and deep sorrows of the royal Lear. His fame spread through every part of the town with the greatest rapidity; and Goodman's Fields theatre, which had been confined to the inhabitants of the city, became the resort of fashion, and was honoured with the notice of all ranks and
Of snarling critics, ignorant as vain.
One finds out,—“He's of stature somewhat lowYour hero always should be tall you
know,True natural greatness all consists in height,” Produce your voucher, Critic.—“Serjeant Kite."
Another can't forgive the paltry arts By which he makes his way to shallow hearts ; Mere pieces of finesse, traps for applause.“Avaunt! unnatural start, affected pause.”
For me, by Nature form’d to judge with phlegm, I can't acquit by wholesale, nor condemn.
orders of people. At Goodman's Fields Mr. Garrick remained but one season, after which he removed to Drury Lane, where he continued till Fleetwood's mismanagement and want of prudence brought that theatre to the brink of ruin. Rich, of Covent Garden, availed himself of the folly of his brother manager, and engaged Garrick in his service; here he continued only one year, when Rich refusing him an adequate share in the profits, Garrick closed with Lacy, who was then the sole proprietor of the theatre in Drury Lane, for a moiety of the patent at £8000, which sum, by a strict attention to economy, he had accumulated. This transaction took place in 1747, and his joint management with Lacy continued with uninterrupted cordiality and consequent success, until the death of the latter in 1773, when the whole management devolved to the survivor. In June, 1749, Garrick married Mademoiselle Violetta, a native of Vienna and a famous dancer, first to the Queen of George the Second, then at the play-house; she was of unexceptionable moral character, and a protégé of Dorothy, Countess of Burlington; she was a beautiful woman, and was in such favour at Burlington House, that the tickets for her benefits were designed by Kent and engraved by Vertue. She secured and merited the attachment of Garrick, and the respect of his friends and n a large circle of society, and survived him forty-three years, dying in October, 1822, at the advanced age of ninety; dur.