Brougham, John, 1810-1880

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American actor and dramatist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New York, to Mr. Jackson, [no year] Apr. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270623441

Actor, playwright and theater manager, London and New York.

From the description of A Douglass to the fray, [no date] / by John Brougham. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 27731675

John Brougham was an actor and dramatist who brought a great variety of theatre to the stage: farces, burlesques, curtain pieces, adaptations of novels and stories. Born in Ireland, he went to London in 1830, became a member of Madame Vestris's company, and later performed both at the Olympic and Covent Garden theaters. In 1840 he managed the London Lyceum and wrote several plays for its repertoire. He began his American career as an actor in 1842. He was one of the most prolific playwrights of the nineteenth century, having written 126 dramatic pieces during his thirty-three-year career in the United States. Financial predicaments plagued Brougham all his life, particularly in managerial situations. He was completely impoverished by 1878 when his friends conducted a testimonial benefit at the Academy of Music to raise funds of over $10,000 for an annual annuity.

From the description of John Brougham letters, 1849-1878. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 60194689

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creatorOf Boyle, Ferdinand Thomas Lee, 1820-1906. Shakespeare Club member list and receipt [manuscript], 1850 April 30. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Brougham, John, 1810-1880,. Autograph letters signed from John Brougham to various recipients [manuscript], 1851-1872. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Brougham, John, 1810-1880. John Brougham letters, 1849-1878. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Brougham, John, 1810-1880. A Douglass to the fray, [no date] / by John Brougham. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Daly, Augustin, 1838-1899,. Autograph letters and memoranda from Augustin Daly to various recipients [manuscript], 1864-1899. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Deland, Annie, 1842-1893,. Autograph letter signed from Annie Deland, New York, to Augustin Daly [manuscript], 1888 August 9. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Boston Museum (1847-1903). Correspondence of the Boston Museum, 1864-1898 (inclusive). Harvard University, Harvard Theater Collection, Harvard College Library
referencedIn Ludlow, Noah Miller, 1795-1886. Promptbooks for productions of Shakespeare's King John, 1830-ca.1890. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Brougham, John, 1810-1880. Dombey and son : dramatized from Dickens' novel : in 2 acts / by John Brougham. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Graves, Henry, 1806-1892,. Autograph letter signed from Henry Graves, Drury Lane, to John Brougham [manuscript], 1875 April 24. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Brougham, John, 1810-1880. Autograph letter signed : New York, to Mr. Jackson, [no year] Apr. 4. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Samuel French & Son. Autograph letter signed from Samuel French & Son, New York, to William Winter [manuscript], 1880 October 8. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Wallack, Arthur J., 1848 or 9-1940,. Autograph letter signed from Arthur Wallack, New York, to William Winter [manuscript], 1880 November 5. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Brougham, John, 1810-1880. Letter to J. S. Mackaye. [s.l.]. [18--] University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf John Brougham letters, 1877 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Oakes, James, 1807-1878,. Autograph letter signed from James Oakes, Boston, to William Winter, Tribune Office, New York [manuscript], 1876 May 12. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Photographs of theatrical performers, 1862-1982. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Phillips, Laura L., fl. 1880,. Autograph letters signed from Laura L. Phillips to William Winter [manuscript], 1880. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Brougham, John, 1810-1880,. Autograph letters signed from John Brougham to various people [manuscript], 1868-[1876]. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Fifth Avenue Theatre. Agreement between John Brougham of Brougham's Fifth Avenue Theatre and Mrs. Winter [manuscript], 1868 August 10. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Phelps, Charles, fl. 1909,. Autograph letter signed from Charles Phelps, New York, to William Winter [manuscript], 1909 January 6. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Morris, Clara, 1848-1925,. Autograph letter signed from Clara Morris Harriott, "the Pines," Riverdale-on-Hudson, to William Winter [manuscript], 1878 February 2. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Féval, Paul, 1817-1887. Féval Brougham and John Brougham play script, 1863. Library of Congress
referencedIn Lotta Crabtree papers, 1866-1937. Houghton Library
referencedIn American Dramatic Fund Association. Letter from the Office of Dramatic Fund Association, New York, to Charlotte Cushman [manuscript], 1849 November 5. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Brown University. Library (Providence, Rhode Island). Selected correspondence, 1913-1993, "Bray" to "Coolbrith". Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Cushman, Charlotte, 1816-1876. Papers of Charlotte Cushman [manuscript], [1842]-1875. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Loisette, A. (Alphonse),. Autograph letters signed from M.D. Larrowe, New York, to William Winter [manuscript], 1872-1873. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Moss, Theodore, 1826-1901. Memorandum and ticket for John Brougham benefit, January 17, 1878 [manuscript], 1878. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Thomas Nast Collection, 1862-1902, 1870-1897 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Collection of theatrical correspondence and ephemera, 1697-1930 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Power, Harold, d. 1901,. Autograph letter signed from Harold Power, Westminster Hotel, to William Winter [manuscript], 1877 December 14. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Ireland, Joseph Norton, 1817-1898,. Autograph letter signed from Joseph Norton Ireland, Bridgeport, to William Winter [manuscript], 1876 March 20. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn The Robert Cushman Butler Collection of Theatrical Illustrations Washington State University Libraries: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
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associatedWith Appleton, William Worthen person
associatedWith Boston Museum (1847-1903) corporateBody
associatedWith Brown University. Library (Providence, Rhode Island). corporateBody
associatedWith Childs, George William, 1829-1894, person
associatedWith Crabtree, Lotta, 1847-1924 person
associatedWith Cushman, Charlotte, 1816-1876. person
correspondedWith Daly, Augustin, 1838-1899, person
associatedWith Deland, Annie, 1842-1893, person
associatedWith Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870. person
associatedWith Douglas, Stephen A. (Stephen Arnold), 1813-1861 person
associatedWith Féval, Paul, 1817-1887. person
associatedWith Fifth Avenue Theatre. corporateBody
correspondedWith Fiske, Stephen, 1840-1916 person
correspondedWith Graves, Henry, 1806-1892, person
associatedWith Ireland, Joseph Norton, 1817-1898, person
associatedWith Jackson, Mr, person
associatedWith Loisette, A. (Alphonse), person
associatedWith Mackaye, J. S., person
associatedWith Morris, Clara, 1848-1925, person
associatedWith Nast, Thomas, 1840-1902 person
associatedWith Oakes, James, 1807-1878, person
associatedWith Phelps, Charles, fl. 1909, person
associatedWith Phillips, Laura L., fl. 1880, person
associatedWith Power, Harold, d. 1901, person
correspondedWith Pugh, fl. 1851-1872 person
associatedWith Samuel French & Son. corporateBody
associatedWith Seaver, William A. person
associatedWith Wallack, Arthur J., 1848 or 9-1940, person
correspondedWith Williams, Barney, 1824-1876 person
correspondedWith Winter, William, 1836-1917 person
correspondedWith Wright, fl. 1868-1876 person
correspondedWith Wright, J. B. (John B.), b. 1814 person
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Dramatists, American--Correspondence


Birth 1810

Death 1880



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