Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841

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English actor and dramatist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed, 1818 Sept. 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270514147

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Surrey Theatre, Mar. 9. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270527801

English dramatist and songwriter Thomas John Dibdin was the son of songwriter Charles Dibdin and actress Mrs. Davenet. He ran away from an apprenticeship to join a company of travelling players, where he acted, worked as a scene painter, and began writing songs. He returned to London and had a great many plays produced, including comedies, operas, and farces. He was affiliated with theatres such as Covent Garden, Drury Lane, Surrey, and the Haymarket. He had a long period of popularity and prosperity, although his latter days were less successful.

From the description of Thomas Dibdin letter to My dear Bliss, circa 1800 Feb. 19. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 67710383

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creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841. Sunshine after rain, or, The Mad guardian [microform] : a farce in two acts / [by T. Merchant]. Indiana University
referencedIn Bunn, Alfred, 1796?-1860,. Autograph letters signed from Alfred Bunn to various recipients [manuscript], ca. 1832-1855. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Kemble, John Philip, 1757-1823,. Autograph letter signed from John Philip Kemble, Liverpool, to Mr. Johnston [manuscript], 1789 July 8. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841. Elephant of Siam [microform]. University of Missouri -- Columbia, MU Libraries; University of Missouri; MU; Ellis Library; University of Missouri Columbia
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841. Autograph letter signed, 1818 Sept. 2. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841. Tag in tribulation, or, The benefit night [microform]. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Kean, Edmund, 1787-1833. Playbill for Edmund Kean's performance in Merchant of Venice at the Theatre Dorchester, November 29, 1813 [manuscript], ca. 1813. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841. The school for prejudice [microform]. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841. The birthday [microform] : a comedy in three acts / [Thomas Dibdin]. Indiana University
creatorOf Temple, John. Business and private papers, 1675-1830. American Primers
referencedIn Emery, Samuel Anderson, 1817-1881,. Autograph letter signed from S. Emery to T. [I.?] Cooke [manuscript], [ca. 1867?]. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841. The true friends [microform]. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Betty Wharton collection of theatrical autographs, 1707-1869. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas John. [Dibdin's farces. 1799-1801]. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841. The enchanted girdles, or, Winky the witch & the ladies of Samarcand [microform] : a romance in three acts / by T. Dibdin. University of Missouri -- Columbia, MU Libraries; University of Missouri; MU; Ellis Library; University of Missouri Columbia
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841. Valentine and Orson : a romantic melodrama in two acts / by Thomas Dibdin, Esq. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Elliston, R. W. (Robert William), 1774-1831. Collection of miscellaneous records, notes and newspaper cuttings on Drury Lane Theatre [manuscript], ca. 1660-ca. 1830. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Phillips, Henry, 1801-1876. Musical miscellany [manuscript]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dibdin, Charles, 1745-1814. Papers, 1776-1831. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841. Autograph statement signed from Thomas Dibdin to William Upcott [manuscript], 1834 February 28. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841. The cabinet ballad opera collection, 1805. University of Colorado Boulder
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841. Of age tomorrow ballad opera collection, 1800-1801. University of Colorado Boulder
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841. Letter to [George Cruikshank]. [s.l.]. [18--] May 14. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841. News from the Nile, or, Laurels from Egypt [microform]. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841. The Hermione, or, Retaliation [microform]. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841. Autograph letter signed : Surrey Theatre, Mar. 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824. Autograph letter signed "Bn." : [London], to [Thomas Dibdin], 1815 Sept. 27. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Collection of theatrical correspondence and ephemera, 1697-1930 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841. The naval pillar, or, Britannia's triumph [microform]. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Autograph File, D, 1586-1975. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841. Thomas Dibdin letter to My dear Bliss, circa 1800 Feb. 19. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Papers, 1776-1927 and undated. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841,. Autograph draft and letter from Thomas Dibdin, London, to various recipients [manuscript], 1818-1835. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Colman, George, 1762-1836,. Letters from George Colman to various recipients [manuscript], 1796-1830, 1861. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Garrick, Eva Maria, 1724-1822,. Autograph note from Eva Maria Garrick, the Adelphi, to Mr. Dibden [manuscript], 18th or 19th century, April 4. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Crowquill, Alfred. Papers of Alfred Crowquill, 1824-1905 (bulk 1852-1862). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841. The two farmers [microform]. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi, edited by "Boz, " extra-illustrated. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Forrester, Charles Robert, 1803-1850. Autograph note signed : London, to E.R. [Edward Raleigh?] Moran, 1841 Sept. 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Macdonald, Laurence. Collection of players' parts for 12 plays [manuscript], ca.1825. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Dibdin, Thomas, 1771-1841. The enchanted girdles, or, Winky the witch and the ladies of Samarand [microform] : romance in three acts / by T. Dibdin. University of Missouri -- Columbia, MU Libraries; University of Missouri; MU; Ellis Library; University of Missouri Columbia
referencedIn Miscellaneous theatrical papers, 1673-1976. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Joseph Grimaldi drawing, [1828]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Early American playbills, 1750-1812. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library,
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associatedWith Appleton, William Worthen person
associatedWith Attwood, Thomas, 1765-1838. person
correspondedWith Bunn, Alfred, 1796?-1860, person
associatedWith Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824. person
correspondedWith Colman, George, 1762-1836, person
associatedWith Crowquill, Alfred. person
associatedWith Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878, person
associatedWith Dibdin, Charles, 1745-1814. person
associatedWith Drury Lane Theatrical Fund. corporateBody
associatedWith Emery, Samuel Anderson, 1817-1881, person
associatedWith Forrester, Charles Robert, 1803-1850. person
correspondedWith Garrick, Eva Maria, 1724-1822, person
associatedWith Grimaldi, Joseph, 1779-1837 person
correspondedWith Harley, John Pritt, 1786-1858 person
associatedWith Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. corporateBody
associatedWith Kean, Edmund, 1787-1833. person
associatedWith Kemble, John Philip, 1757-1823, person
associatedWith Pettingell, Frank person
associatedWith Phillips, Henry, 1801-1876. person
associatedWith Temple, John. person
correspondedWith Tree, Miss, fl. 1818 person
associatedWith University of Kent at Canterbury. Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Upcott, William, 1779-1845. person
associatedWith Wharton, Betty, collector. person
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Nile, Battle of the, Egypt, 1798--Drama
Prompt-book
Male dramatists--19th century--Correspondence
Musicals--Librettos
English drama--19th century
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Birth 1771-03-21

Death 1841-09-16

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