Smith, William, 1730-1819

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William Smith, known as "Gentleman" Smith, was a popular actor in London from 1753 to 1788, first at Covent Garden, and after 1774 at Drury Lane under Garrick and his successors. His first marriage, to Elizabeth Montagu, sister of the Earl of Sandwich, caused some scandal.

From the description of William Smith papers, 1760-1823. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78013916

From the description of William Smith papers, 1760-1823. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702147472

English actor.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Dublin?], to David Garrick, 1774 June 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270662505

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2) : Bury, to Coutts & Co. [London bankers], 1816 July 2 and 1818 Jan. 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270664299

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Bury, to Thomas Hill, 1808 Nov. 5. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270662376

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Prints Collection, 1669-1906 (bulk 1775-1825). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Smith, William, 1730-1819. Autograph letter signed : Bury, to Thomas Hill, 1808 Nov. 5. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Prints Collection TXRC02-A1., 1669-1906 (bulk 1775-1825) Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Smith, William, 1730-1819. Autograph letters signed (2) : Bury, to Coutts & Co. [London bankers], 1816 July 2 and 1818 Jan. 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Roberts, James, 1753-ca. 1809. James Roberts portrait drawings of English actors and actresses, [before 1809]. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Smith, William, 1730-1819. William Smith papers, 1760-1823. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Garrick, David, 1717-1779. An ode upon dedicating to Shakespeare, a new building at Stratford upon Avon [manuscript], [1769]. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Smith, William, 1730-1819,. Autograph note signed from William Smith to unidentified recipient [manuscript], 18th or 19th century. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Smith, William, 1730-1819,. Autograph letter signed from William Smith, Luston, to G. Colman, Esqr., Great Queen Street, Lincoln's Inn Fields, London [manuscript], [1775?] August 8. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Smith, William, 1730-1819. William Smith papers, 1760-1823. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn James Roberts portrait drawings of English actors and actresses, before 1809. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Smith, William, 1730-1819,. Autograph letters signed from William Smith to Thomas Coutts [manuscript], 1805-1818. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Smith, William, 1730-1819. Autograph letter signed : [Dublin?], to David Garrick, 1774 June 26. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Donald Hyde and Mary Hyde Eccles Autograph Collection, 1505-1957 (inclusive), 1702-1854 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Smith, William, 1730-1819,. Autograph letter signed from William Smith to [David Garrick] [manuscript], 1769 June Wednesday morning. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Smith, William, 1730-1819,. Autograph letter signed from William Smith, Bury, to Messrs. Coutts and Co. [manuscript], 1818 October 10. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Smith, William, 1730-1819,. Autograph letter initialed from William Smith to Lord Chedworth, Ipswich [manuscript], between 1788 and 1804 Wednesday. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Smith, William, 1730-1819. Autograph letters signed (12) : Bury, to Sir George Howland Beaumont and Lady Beaumont, 1805-1818. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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associatedWith Beaumont, George Howland, Sir, 1753-1827, person
associatedWith Boss, Mr., fl. 1775? person
correspondedWith Chedworth, John Howe, Baron, 1754-1804 person
correspondedWith Colman, George, 1732-1794 person
associatedWith Coutts & Co, corporateBody
associatedWith Coutts & Co. corporateBody
correspondedWith Coutts, Thomas, 1735-1822 person
correspondedWith Crawford, Charles Payne, fl. 1805-1818 person
associatedWith Dolben, William, 1726-1814. person
associatedWith Drury Lane Theatre. corporateBody
associatedWith Garrick, David, 1717-1779, person
associatedWith Hartley, Elizabeth (White), 1751-1824. person
associatedWith Hill, Thomas, 1760-1840, person
associatedWith Jonson, Ben, 1573?-1637. person
associatedWith Kean, Edmund, 1787-1833. person
associatedWith Lofft, Capel, 1751-1824. person
associatedWith Roberts, James, 1753-ca. 1809. person
associatedWith Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 person
associatedWith Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816. person
correspondedWith Smith, Martha, 18th/19th cent. person
associatedWith Smith, William, Mrs. person
correspondedWith St. Albans, Harriot Mellon, Duchess of, 1777?-1837 person
associatedWith Woodward, fl. 1775? person
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England
Great Britain
Great Britain
England
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Theater--18th century
Surface, Charles (Fictitious character)--Manuscripts
Actors
Mosca (Fictitious character)--Manuscripts
Volpone (Fictitious character)--Manuscripts
Occupation
Actors--England
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Birth 1730-02-22

Death 1819-09-13

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