By Professor Philip H Highfill Jr PhD, Professor Kalman A Burnim PhD, Edward A. Langhans
Volumes 3 and 4 of this monumental paintings contain complete entries for all such illustrious names as these of the Cibbers—Colley, Theophilus, and Susanna Maria—Kitty Clive, and Charlotte Charke, George Colman, the Elder, and the more youthful, William Davenant, and De Loutherboug. yet right here are also complete entries for dozens of vital secondary figures and of teen ones whose tales have by no means been advised, in addition to a census (and not less than a couple of recoverable evidence) for even the main inconsiderable performers and servants of the theatres. As within the past volumes during this distinguished sequence, the accompanying illustrations comprise no less than one photo of every topic for whom a portrait exists.
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He was just as negligent in paying his assistant at St James's his salary, for in 1771 the assistant complained he was supposed to be receiving half of what Courteville was paid (since he was doing at least half of the organist's work), but that Raphael had paid him only a quarter. Courteville was buried on 10 June 1772. Courtney. See also COURTENAY and HENDERSON, JOHN. Courtney, Mr [fl. 17491762], singer. For over a dozen years a Mr Courtney, a tenor singer, hung about the fringes of London musical and theatrical activity, now appearing at a public garden, now among specially hired singers for an extravaganza, sometimes assisting in a solemn performance of a Handelian oratorio, but rarely on the regular pay list of a patent house, and then only to swell choruses.
L'Opéra du gueux was repeated on 16 February and 8 March 1750. Coustos acted Le Commissaire in performances of L'Avare on 26 February and 1, 7, and 13 March 1750. On the last date he also played Dumelange in the pantomime afterpiece Arlequin fourbe Anglois. Coustup, George [fl. 17851799], musician. George Coustup (or Courtup) was a member of the Court of Assistants of the Royal Society of Musicians in 1785 and attended meetings in January, March, and May. On 3 February 1799 he informed the Governors of the Society of the death of one Elizabeth Jackson and was granted the usual funeral allowance of £5.
Again and again the critic singled Mrs Cowper out for special praise. For example, on 11 July, of her Sylvia in The Recruiting Officer he said: The common Proverb, slow and sure, is justly exemplified in this Lady; who, as she is not very quick at Study, has this very superior Advantage, that she may boast of being the perfectest Actress upon any Stage in the three Kingdoms; by which Means, she not only plays her Parts, but plays with them. To use the Green-Room Phrase, she lays Claptraps, with the finest Taste and Judgment, and is peculiarly happy in her Transitions from one Passion to another.
A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Volume 4, Corye to Dynion: Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers, and Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800 by Professor Philip H Highfill Jr PhD, Professor Kalman A Burnim PhD, Edward A. Langhans