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