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Literary and Political Journal.
JULY TO DECEMBER, 1863.
GEORGE HERBERT, 117, GRAFTON-STREET.
HURST & BLACKETT, LONDON.
IRISH ACTORS OF THE LAST CENTURY.-DELANE, RYAN, MOODY.
During the age of Garrick, the Au- rick," says, Delane's attachment to gustan era, as many style it, of the the bottle injured his constitution, British drama, Ireland supplied the and checked his advances towards London boards with more actors of high professional success. But Davies mark than Barry or Mossop, whom is not a biographer or retailer of we lately noticed, though none per- anecdotes to be thoroughly depended haps of the same high order of talent. on-(who is?) What he asserts in this Their lives and histrionic achieve instance might or might not be true, ments may not call for the distinction and is not easily disproved after the of elaborate biographies, or furnish lapse of more than a century. the requisite materials; still there are Delane was educated at Trinity those amongst them who deserve bet- College, Dublin, with a view to someter than to be jumbled en masse in the thing higher than the stage ; but storehouse of oblivion, which Shake- being carried away by a strong interspeare tells us, Time carries in a nal impulse, made his appearance on wallet at his back,
the public boards at Smock-alley in * A great siz'd monster of ingratitudes.”
1728, and was as well received as he
could wish. He was young, handWhat has been is soon forgotten, some, had an elegant figure, a powerwhen once the curtain hides it from ful but somewhat monotonous voice, view, unless some friendly voice or a pleasing, gentlemanly address, and pen perpetuates its memory. The tolerably easy action. As might be favourite of the past fades rapidly be- looked for in a novice, he lacked the fore the rising and attractive novelty judgment which only practical expeof the fleeting hour.
rience can bring; but with his enthu
siastic countrymen this was readily "Por Time is like a fashionable host, That slightly shakes his parting guest by
overlooked, and as his years increased
his discrimination ripened. He soon the hand, And with his arms outstretch'd, as he
became a general favourite, and supwould fly,
ported many leading characters in Grasps in the comer."
tragedy and elegant comedy, particu
larly Alexander the Great and Young The General Advertiser of April Bevil, with universal applause. In the 3rd, 1750, contained the following little more than three seasons his risannouncement: -“On Saturday night ing reputation carried him to London, died DENIS DELANE, Esq., universally where he appeared, under his first regretted.” His age is not mentioned, manager, Giffard, who had also emibut it could not have much exceeded grated before him, at Goodman's forty. Davies, in his “Life of Gar- Fields, on the 24th of November,
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