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Dion Boucicault (1820-1890), Actor and playwright; father of Darley George Boucicault (Dion Boucicault Jr)

Dion Boucicault (Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot)

Sitter in 7 portraits
Dion Boucicault was an Irish-American playwright and actor, and was a major influence on the form and content of American drama. Educated in England, he began acting in 1837. His first play was rejected but his second, London Assurance (1841), was a huge success. In 1853 Boucicault moved to New York, where his plays and adaptations were extremely popular. He led a movement of playwrights that in 1856 produced the first copyright law for drama in the United States. His play The Octoroon; or, Life in Louisiana (1859) caused a sensation with its implied attack on slavery. Boucicault's concern with social themes prefigured the future development of drama in both Europe and America.

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Dion Boucicault

by Harry Furniss
pen and ink, 1880s-1900s
NPG 3554


Dion Boucicault

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1860s
NPG x1176


Dion Boucicault

by London Stereoscopic & Photographic Company
albumen carte-de-visite, 1874 or before
NPG Ax28532


Dion Boucicault

by Frederick Sem
watercolour and pencil, 1869 or after
NPG D957


Dion Boucicault

by Frederick Sem
watercolour and pencil, 1869 or after
NPG D958


Dion Boucicault (in 'The Shaughraun')

by Alfred Bryan, for Maclure & Macdonald
chromolithograph, circa 1875
NPG D17097


Dion Boucicault (Dionysius Lardner Boursiquot) ('Men of the Day. No. 268.')

by Sir Leslie Ward
chromolithograph, published in Vanity Fair 16 December 1882
NPG D44099

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