Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811

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Richard Cumberland was an author, best known as a dramatist and for his memoirs. Born at Trinity College, his father was a clergyman and his mother was the daughter of scholar Richard Bentley, then master of Trinity. He was educated at Westminster School and Trinity College at Oxford, and devoted himself to a life of literature. While serving a number of government posts, he continued his studies, and wrote and translated numerous works. He wrote prose and poetry, but was most successful as a playwright, writing a large number of plays, several of which were successful. Cumberland's work is generally considered overly sentimental and melodramatic, but he helped popularize such innovations as the problem play, the musical drama, and melodrama.

From the description of Richard Cumberland letter to Dear Pinckney, 1773 June 3. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 106478866

Dramatist and essayist.

From the description of Richard Cumberland letter and prayer, 1782-1801. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79450070

Richard Cumberland, English playwright and novelist.

From the guide to the Richard Cumberland manuscript material : 1 item, ca. 1800, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)

English dramatist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London]. to David Garrick, [ca. 1775]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270522357

From the description of Autograph letter signed : "Warren's Hotel" [London], to "My very dear Grandson", [no year] Aug. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270530756

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [Tunbridge Wells], to Sir James Bland Burges, [c.1808?] Feb. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270527823

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London?], to Mrs. Rose, [ca. 1795?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270522379

Richard Cumberland, Engliah playwright and novelist.

From the description of Richard Cumberland manuscript material : 1 item, ca. 1800 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 154707340

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referencedIn Liebert, Herman W.,. Herman W. Liebert manuscript collection, 1604-1987. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811,. Autograph letter signed from Richard Cumberland to Sir James [manuscript], [1800] Friday. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Richard Cumberland manuscript material : 1 item, ca. 1800 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. Autograph letter signed : [London?], to Mrs. Rose, [ca. 1795?]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Garrick, David, 1717-1779,. Autograph letter signed from David Garrick, Hampton, to John Hoadly [manuscript], 1771 May 9. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. His Majesty's grant unto Richard Cumberland Esq., 1759 June. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. Richard Cumberland letter and prayer, 1782-1801. Library of Congress
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. The widow's only son [microform] : a comedy in five acts. Old Dominion University, Old Dominion University Libraries
creatorOf Garrick, David, 1717-1779. Epilogue by David Garrick for The choleric man [manuscript], [1774]. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Irvine, Alexander, 1863-1941. Autograph Collection of Alexander Irvine. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. Autograph letters signed (2) : to Sir James Boland Burges, 1801 June 3 and 1806 Mar. 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn George Albert Thomas papers, Thomas, George Albert, papers, 1829-1847 William L. Clements Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. Autograph letter signed (initials) : to Sir James Boland Burges, 1807 [Apr.] 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811,. Receipt from Richard Cumberland to Mr. Westley [of Drury Lane Theatre] [manuscript], 1789 May 9. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. Autograph letter signed : "Warren's Hotel" [London], to "My very dear Grandson", [no year] Aug. 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811,. Autograph letter signed from Richard Cumberland to an unknown recipient [manuscript], [18th or 19th century] May 5. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811,. Autograph letter signed from Richard Cumberland, Tunbridge Wells, to unidentified recipient [manuscript], 1803 October 11. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. Autograph letter signed : [Tunbridge Wells], to Sir James Bland Burges, [c.1808?] Feb. 24. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. The widow of Delphi, or The descent of the deities [manuscript] : a musical drama in five acts, 1780. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. Part for the role of Cardinal Granvil in The princess of Parma [manuscript], 1774. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811,. Autograph letter signed from Richard Cumberland, Warren's Hotel, to an unknown recipient [manuscript], 1810 January 6. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. Portion of autograph letter accompanying appended verses. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. An impromptu after the play of Hamlet [manuscript], 1772? Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Mackenzie, Henry, 1745-1831,. Autograph letters signed from Henry Mackenzie to Lord Craig [manuscript], 1774-1806. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. Autograph letter signed : Tunbridge Wells, to Sir James B. Burges, Thursday. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. Richard Cumberland manuscript material : 1 item, ca. 1800 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Herman W. Liebert manuscript collection, 1604-1987 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Sheridan-Grubb papers concerning the Drury Lane Theatre, 1765-1841 (inclusive), 1795-1806 (bulk). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Kemble, John Philip, 1757-1823. Autograph manuscript of Kemble's parts in 34 plays in the hand of John Philip Kemble [manuscript], 1783-1805. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Abington, Mrs. (Frances Barton), 1737-1815,. Autograph letter signed from Mrs. (Frances Barton) Abington to Mr. Hopkins [manuscript], 177[5] January 20 Friday morning. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Donald Hyde and Mary Hyde Eccles Autograph Collection, 1505-1957 (inclusive), 1702-1854 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. The choleric man [microform]. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Johnsoniana; or, Supplement to Boswell: being anecdotes and sayings of Dr. Johnson, extra-illustrated, 1738-1840 (inclusive), 1784-1837 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. Richard the Second [microform]. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Garrick, David, 1717-1779. Prologue to The choleric man [manuscript], [1774]. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811,. Autograph letters signed from Richard Cumberland to various recipients [manuscript], 1770-1811. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811,. Autograph letter signed from Richard Cumberland to unidentified recipient [manuscript], 1802? February 10. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. Impromptu by Richard Cumberland after the play of Hamlet [manuscript] [1772?]. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Garrick, David, 1717-1779. Autograph letter signed : Hampton [House, Chiswick], to Mr. Cumberland, [ca. 1771?] "Monday 5." Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. Song by Richard Cumberland [manuscript], ca. 1800. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. The Walloons [microform]. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. Richard Cumberland letter to Dear Pinckney, 1773 June 3. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Liebert, Herman W.,. Herman W. Liebert manuscript collection, 1604-1987. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. Richard Cumberland letter to John Gibson : ALS, [undated]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Letters of Samuel Johnson, LL.D., collected and edited by George Birkbeck Hill, extra-illustrated, 1413-1900 (inclusive), 1775-1839 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. A word for nature [microform]. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Garrick, David, 1717-1779. Autograph letter (draft) from David Garrick, Hampton, to Mr. Cumberland [manuscript], [1777 May 24]. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Thomas, George Albert, 1819-1907. George Albert Thomas papers, 1829-1847. University of Michigan, William Clements Library
referencedIn Albert Stephens Borgman autograph collection, 1600-1950. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Miscellaneous theatrical papers, 1673-1976. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. Autograph letter signed : [London]. to David Garrick, [ca. 1775]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn A'Becket family diaries and prompt books, 1840-1890 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811. The Arab [microform]. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf A'Becket family. Diaries and Prompt Books, 1840-1890. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Cumberland, Richard, 1732-1811,. Autograph letter signed from Richard Cumberland to [David Garrick], [manuscript], [latter part of 1777]. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Early American playbills, 1750-1812. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library,
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associatedWith Abington, Mrs. (Frances Barton), 1737-1815, person
associatedWith Badcock, Thomas, 19th cent. person
correspondedWith Barker, Mr., 18th/19th cent. person
associatedWith Boileau, D. (Daniel) person
associatedWith Borgman, Albert Stephens, 1890-1954 person
associatedWith Burges, James Bland, Sir, 1752-1824, person
associatedWith Burges, James Boland, Sir, person
correspondedWith Colman, George, 1732-1794 person
associatedWith Covent Garden Theatre. corporateBody
correspondedWith Croker, John Wilson, 1780-1857 person
associatedWith Dowton, William, 1764-1851. person
associatedWith Drury Lane Theatre. corporateBody
associatedWith Farren, Elizabeth, 1762-1829 person
associatedWith Fletcher, I. K., fl. 1774. person
correspondedWith Fry, Celia, 18th/19th cent. person
associatedWith Garrick, David, 1717-1779, person
associatedWith George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820 person
associatedWith Gibson, John. person
associatedWith Hanbury, William, ca. 1748-1807. person
associatedWith Harris, Mr., fl. 1810 person
associatedWith Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Irvine, Alexander, 1863-1941. person
correspondedWith James, Sir person
correspondedWith Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784 person
associatedWith Jordan, Mrs. Dorothy, 1762-1816. person
associatedWith Kelly, Michael, 1762-1826, person
associatedWith Kemble, John Philip, 1757-1823. person
associatedWith Liebert, Herman W., person
associatedWith Liebert, Herman W., collector. person
correspondedWith Luscombe, Matthew person
associatedWith Lytton, Edward Bulwer Lytton, Baron, 1803-1873 person
associatedWith Mackenzie, Henry, 1745-1831, person
associatedWith Richard II, King of England, 1367-1400 person
associatedWith Rose, Mrs, person
associatedWith Rosenfeld, Sybil Marion, 1903- person
associatedWith Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. person
associatedWith Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816. person
associatedWith Thomas, George Albert, 1819-1907. person
associatedWith Upcott, William, 1779-1845, person
associatedWith Westley, Thomas, 18th/19th cent. person
associatedWith Wyatt, George, 19th cent. person
associatedWith Younger, Thomas, fl. 1803 person
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South Carolina
Great Britain
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Authors, English--18th century--Correspondence
Granvil, Cardinal (Fictitious character)--Manuscripts
Gravediggers (Fictitious characters : Shakespeare)--Manuscripts
Male authors, English--18th century--Correspondence
Dramatists--Great Britain--18th century--Correspondence
Operas--Librettos
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Essayist
Dramatists
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Birth 1732-02-19

Death 1811-05-07

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