George Colman

Standard Name: Colman, George,, the elder
Used Form: Mr Town, critic and censor-general


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Anthologization Elizabeth Carter
She printed this with her father's approval and support; he suggested, as scholar Gwen Hampshire has pointed out, that she should print about three dozen copies. When George Colman and Bonnell Thornton included EC in...
Anthologization Catharine Trotter
Several shorter poems by CT are known today only from their inclusion in George Colman 's and Bonnell Thornton 's anthology Poems by Eminent Ladies in its edition of 1757.
Kelley, Anne. Catharine Trotter: An Early Modern Writer in the Vanguard of Feminism. Ashgate.
This suggests that other...
Employer Elizabeth Inchbald
EI performed in both winter and summer seasons, at Covent Garden and the Little Theatre, Haymarket (under manager George Colman ). During the season 1780-1781, the Covent Garden theatre paid her two pounds a week...
Employer Sarah Gardner
Her regular Haymarket engagement ended the first summer after George Colman took over from Foote, when Colman first accepted her own play The Matrimonial Advertisement, then botched its staging and blamed her for its...
Family and Intimate relationships Judith Cowper Madan
JCM 's nephew William Cowper the poet, with whom she corresponded, took an interest in her work and was probably the channel through which her poems reached the anthologists Colman and Thornton .
Lavoie, Chantel Michelle. Collecting Women: Poetry and Lives, 1700-1780. Bucknell University Press.
Literary responses Eliza Haywood
The Monthly Review found the heroine of this book more interesting than Betsy Thoughtless (with better character-drawing but a continued deficiency in plot and sentiments. It conceded that the whole was doubtless much superior to...
Literary responses Susanna Haswell Rowson
Charlotte Temple has received a great deal of recent critical attention. Steven Epley has discerned a possible connection with Inkle and Yarico (which he classes as folk legend).
Epley, Steven. “Alienated, Betrayed, and Powerless: A Possible Connection between Charlotte Temple and the Legend of Inkle and Yarico”. Papers on Language and Literature, Vol.
, No. 2, pp. 200-22.
Going behind George Colman 's stage version...
Occupation Susanna Haswell Rowson
She, with her husband and half a dozen other members of the Philadelphia New Theatre had defected to this Boston theatre by November 1796. There she appeared in November and December that year in a...
Occupation Sarah Gardner
SG appeared at the Haymarket Theatre in a play called The Female Dramatist, by her old adversary George Colman .
Grundy, Isobel. “Sarah Gardner: "Such Trumpery" or ‘A Lustre to Her Sex’?”. Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Vol.
, pp. 7-25.
The London Stage 1660-1800. Southern Illinois University Press.
5: 537
Performance of text Elizabeth Inchbald
EI 's farce Young Men and Old Women, an unpublished adaptation from French, was performed on stage as afterpiece to George Colman the elder 's The Suicide.
The London Stage 1660-1800. Southern Illinois University Press.
5: 1465
Performance of text Hannah Cowley
HC 's second full-length play, the tragedy Albina, Countess Raimond, opened at the summer Haymarket Theatre (managed by George Colman ), which did not usually perform tragedy.
The London Stage 1660-1800. Southern Illinois University Press.
5: 268
Link, Frederick M., and Hannah Cowley. “Introduction”. The Plays of Hannah Cowley, Vol.
, Garland, p. v - xlxx.
Escott, Angela. Email about supposed quarrel between Hannah Cowley and Hannah More to Isobel Grundy.
Publishing Henrietta Battier
She hoped to get a volume of her collected poems published while she was in London in 1784, and enlisted the aid of Samuel Johnson. Johnson offered positive encouragement (assuring her he had often been...
Publishing Elizabeth Inchbald
She was working on a farce again in December 1779, and a year after that she submitted another one, on the topic of polygamy, to Harris , who rejected it. Yet another farce, The Ancient...
Publishing Elizabeth Inchbald
EI anonymously submitted The Mogul Tale; or, The Descent of the Balloon, to Colman in March 1784. He paid her 100 guineas for it, having asked for and got some revisions. It was at...
Publishing Elizabeth Inchbald
It appeared, four months after she submitted it to Colman , and ran for ten days. EI played a small role, Selina, and at one point dried up completely on stage.
Manvell, Roger. Elizabeth Inchbald: England’s Principal Woman Dramatist and Independent Woman of Letters in 18th Century London. University Press of America.
An unauthorized edition...


31 January 1754-30 September 1756: George Colman and Bonnell Thornton published...

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31 January 1754-30 September 1756

George Colman and Bonnell Thornton published their periodicalThe Connoisseur, under the pen name of Mr Town, critic and censor-general.

By 22 May 1755: George Colman and Bonnell Thornton edited...

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By 22 May 1755

George Colman and Bonnell Thornton edited and published an anthology entitled Poems by Eminent Ladies.

By the end of 1755: Material from Bonnell Thornton's and George...

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By the end of 1755

Material from Bonnell Thornton 's and George Colman 's prestigious anthology, Poems by Eminent Ladies, was recycled for a different market in A Select Collection of the Love Letters of several Eminent Persons, edited by G. Gaylove.

26 November 1761: John Rich, holder of the licence for Covent...

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26 November 1761

John Rich , holder of the licence for Covent Garden Theatre , died; his widow, Priscilla (who had been a performer before her marriage), took nominal control of the theatre.

14 October 1769: Garrick's afterpiece The Jubilee opened at...

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14 October 1769

Garrick 's afterpieceThe Jubilee opened at Drury Lane , where it enjoyed the record run of the century: ninety performances in one season.

16 January 1777: George Colman the elder bought the Haymarket...

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16 January 1777

George Colman the elder bought the Haymarket Theatre ; he subsequently authored more than thirty plays.

From 30 July 1778: George Colman's Bonduca (adapted from a play...

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From 30 July 1778

George Colman 's Bonduca (adapted from a play by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher ) kept up the tradition of stage representations of this female national hero, better known as Boadicea.

2 September 1788: The theatre at Richmond, Yorkshire, opened...

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2 September 1788

The theatre at Richmond, Yorkshire, opened with George Colman 's Inkle and Yarico.


Colman, George, and Bonnell Thornton, editors. Poems by Eminent Ladies. R. Baldwin, 1755.
Colman, George, and Bonnell Thornton. The Connoisseur. Harrison, http://U of A Special Collections.