Richard Brinsley Sheridan(1751-1816), Dramatist and parliamentary orator
Sitter associated with 168 portraits
Playwright and statesman; eloped with Elizabeth Linley whom he subsequently married, 1772; established his reputation with his comedy, The Rivals, 1775; manager of Drury Lane Theatre from 1776; The School for Scandal performed 1777. A favourite in society, he also embarked on a successful political career, becoming a Whig MP, 1780; noted as an orator; held office under Rockingham and Portland, and led the impeachment against Warren Hastings; friend and confidant of the Prince of Wales.
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by James Sayers, published by Thomas Cornell
etching and aquatint, published 14 January 1780
by John Boyne, published by Edward Hedges
etching, published 5 January 1784
by James Gillray, published by James Ridgway
hand-coloured etching, published 4 February 1785
by James Gillray, published by William Holland
hand-coloured etching, published 1787?
- Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton (née Sheridan, later Lady Stirling-Maxwell) (granddaughter)
- Charles Sheridan (son)
- Esther Jane Sheridan (née Ogle) (wife)
- Frances Sheridan (mother)
- Thomas Sheridan (father)
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