Jephson, Robert, 1736-1803

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Robert Jephson (1736-1803), playwright and parodist, was born in Dublin. His first play, Braganza, was performed in 1775, with an epilogue by Horace Walpole. His most commercially successful play, performed 37 times between 1781 and 1798, was The Count of Narbonne, based on Walpole's Castle of Otranto as well as Walpole's play, Mysterious Mother. In addition to other plays, Jephson also wrote numerous parodic pieces, including a series in the government newspaper The Mercury under the title "The Bachelor." He parodied the style of the printer George Faulkner and criticized Charles Townshend's enemies in An Epistle to Gorges Edmund Howard (1771); wrote Extempore Ludicrous Miltonic Verses(1788); and wrote a prose piece titled Confessions of James Baptiste Couteau (1794), a satirical parody of revolutionary politics.

From the description of A tour to Celbridge, by Dr. S. Johnson, circa 1776 / By Robert Jephson Esq. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702188207

Epithet: Master of the Horse, at Dublin Castle

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000268.0x000247

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referencedIn Vol. II. 12 Jan. 1797-4 Nov. 1805.includes:ff. 1, 29, 38, 85, 89, 96, 98, 104, 204, 207, 226 Professor John Robinson: Letters to W. Windham, etc.: 1797-1803.f. 5 A-H-: Letter to Mrs. Burke: 1797.f. 12 John Lees: Letter to W. Windham: 1797.f. 1... British Library
creatorOf Jephson, Robert, 1736-1803. Julia, or The revengeful lover. A tragedy : manuscript, [ca. 1787]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Jephson, Robert, 1736-1803,. Autograph letter signed from Robert Jephson, Cobham, to Edmond Malone, London [manuscript], 1788. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Garrick, David, 1717-1779. Epilogue by David Garrick intended for Braganza [by Robert Jephson], [manuscript], [1775]. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Vol. XXXIX. (ff. 292). Nov. 1800-June 1802.William Windham, Secretary of State, etc: General political correspondence: 1782-1810.includes:ff. 1, 21, 133 Rear-Adn. John Blankett: Correspondence with W. Windham: 1795-1801.f. 9 John Symmons: Corresp... British Library
creatorOf Jephson, Robert, 1736-1803. A tour to Celbridge, by Dr. S. Johnson, circa 1776 / By Robert Jephson Esq. Yale University, Lewis Walpole Library
referencedIn Boswell's Life of Johnson : including Boswell's Journal of a tour to the Hebrides and Johnson's Diary of a journey into North Wales, edited by George Birkbeck Hill, extra-illustrated, 1464-1897 (inclusive), 1724-1874 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Vol. XXXVI. (ff. 325). Mar. 1797-June 1798.Sir Herbert Croft, 5th Baronet: Letter to W.Osgoode: 1797.William Windham, Secretary of State, etc: General political correspondence: 1782-1810.includes:ff. 1, 7, 133, 161 Richard Wilson, MP for Barnstaple... British Library
referencedIn Barnard, Thomas, 1728-1806,. Autograph letters signed from Thomas Barnard to David Garrick [manuscript], 1777. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Vol. vi. (ff. 416). Jan. 1780-July, 1781.British America, and United States: Papers, etc., relating to the war and public affairs: 1776-1781.includes:ff. 1, 43 Peter Johnson, Recorder of York: Letters to W. Eden: 1780-1785. ff. 3. 36 Adam Ferguson, ... British Library
creatorOf Jephson, Robert, 1736-1803. Prologue to The law of Lombardy by Robert Jephson [manuscript], [1779]. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Letter signed from "Hamlet," Dublin Castle, to Edmond Malone [manuscript], 1788 December 6. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Mulgrave, Constantine John Phipps, Baron, 1744-1792,. Autograph letter from Baron Constantine John Phipps Mulgrave, Harley Street, to David Garrick Esq., Adelphi [manuscript], 1776 June 1 Saturday. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Collection of theatrical correspondence and ephemera, 1697-1930 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn Vol. XXXII. (ff. 279). April 1782-Dec. 1793.William Windham, Secretary of State, etc: General political correspondence: 1782-1810.includes:f. 1 Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham; Prime Minister: Letter to, from W.Windham: 1782.f.... British Library
referencedIn Early American playbills, 1750-1812. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library,
referencedIn Boswell's Life of Johnson : including Boswell's Journal of a tour to the Hebrides and Johnson's Diary of a journey into North Wales, edited by George Birkbeck Hill, extra-illustrated, 1464-1897 (inclusive), 1724-1874 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Donald Hyde and Mary Hyde Eccles Autograph Collection, 1505-1957 (inclusive), 1702-1854 (bulk). Houghton Library.
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associatedWith Appleton, William Worthen person
associatedWith Barnard, Thomas, 1728-1806, person
associatedWith Boswell, James, 1740-1795 person
associatedWith Garrick, David, 1717-1779, person
associatedWith Gay, John, 1685-1732. person
associatedWith Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784. person
associatedWith Malone, Edmond, 1741-1812. person
associatedWith Marlay, Richard, d. 1802. person
associatedWith Mulgrave, Constantine John Phipps, Baron, 1744-1792, person
associatedWith Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Norwich, Norfolk
Ireland, Europe
Charleston, South Carolina
Celbridge (Ireland)
Dublin, Ireland
Leeward Islands, the Carribean
Belfast, Antrim
India, Asia
Ireland
Great Britain
Scotland, Kingdom of, United Kingdom
United States of America
New York, N. America
United States of America
Norwich, Norfolk
Wilcott, Great Ness
Norwich, Norfolk
Malta, Europe
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English drama--18th century
English literature--18th century
Parodies, English
Travelers' writings, English
English wit and humor
Poverty
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Birth 1736

Death 1803-05-31

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