Our Actresses; Or, Glances at Stage Favourites, Past and Present Volume 1

Our Actresses; Or, Glances at Stage Favourites, Past and Present Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1844 edition. Excerpt: ...by a handsome 'pecuniary offer, the happy pair crossed the Atlantic, and in the several states of America, 'realized, in a comparatively short period, a comfortable independent fortune. On their return, disliking inactivity, Mr. Bartley pro cured an engagement at Covent Garden, where he continued many years as stage-manager, giving general satisfaction, both to the public and his brethren: at least to all except Mr. Macready, to whose domineering temper, he had too much manliness to bow as many others did. He, therefore, resigned his office of stage-manager, though he continued at Covent Garden in the capacity of an actor, for some time afterwards. Mrs. Bartley, on her return from America, declined the stage altogether, but devoted herself to the instruction of young ladies, intended for the dramatic profession. Mrs. Bartley had a peculiar afl'ability of manner which conciliated all who came in contact with her. Yielding her own opinions to those of her wellinformed and sensible friends, when she felt they might be yielded without injury to herself, she won the society of many agreeable and useful acquaintances; and in London, as well as in Dublin, Bath, &c., this pliability of manner was attended with very beneficial efl'ects. She is in height below the standard, which has been generally thought best calculated for tragedy. Her figure was not remarkable for grace of attitude, or elegance of proportion. The contour and expression of her face are similar to those of Mrs. Siddons. Her countenance was well calculated to express the violent and afilicting passions of the mind, but in the delineation of tenderness and loveliness, she was by no means successful. She possessed all the qualifications which art can communicate, but...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236822137
  • 9781236822130