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Encyclopedia > Elizabeth Linley
"Mrs Richard Brinsley Sheridan", aged 31, by Gainsborough (National Gallery of Art)

Elizabeth Ann Sheridan, née Linley (September 7, 1754 - 1792) was the second daughter (and second of twelve children) of the composer Thomas Linley and his wife Mary Johnson, and was herself the wife of the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan. The West building of the National Gallery of Art with the East building visible behind and to to the left The National Gallery of Art is an art museum, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The museum was established in 1937 by the Congress, with funds for... September 7 is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1754 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... 1792 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Thomas Linley, by Thomas Gainsborough, holding his Elegies for Three Voices (Dulwich Picture Gallery) Thomas Linley (January 17, 1733–November 19, 1795), English musician, was born at Wells, Somerset, and studied music at Bath, where he settled as a singing-master and conductor of the concerts. ... Richard Brinsley Sheridan Richard Brinsley Sheridan (October 30, 1751 – July 7, 1816) was an Irish playwright and Whig statesman. ...


Life

"The Linley Sisters", by Thomas Gainsborough (Dulwich Picture Gallery) - Elizabeth (left, standing, aged 18) with her sister Mary

Of the 7 Linley children destined for musical careers, it is said that Elizabeth had the greatest talent and beauty. Trained by her father at an early age, her first performance was at Covent Garden Theatre aged 12, alongside her brother in The Fairy Favour on January 31, 1767. In May Elizabeth sang and Thomas played the violin in a concert at Bath. Despite her growing reputation and the London concert rooms readily available to her as a result, her father forced her to promise to marry Walter Long, after much protest, to prevent her taking a theatrical career and to bring wealth into the Linley family. On June 26, 1776, a new comedy, called The Maid of Bath, opened at the Haymarket Theatre, dramatising her story. Thomas Gainsborough (14 May 1727 (baptised) – 2 August 1788) was one of the most famous portrait and landscape painters of 18th century Britain. ... Dulwich Picture Gallery is an art gallery in Dulwich, London. ... The Floral Hall of the Royal Opera House The Royal Opera House is a performing arts venue in London. ... January 31 is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1767 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... For alternate meanings see Bath (disambiguation) Palladian Pulteney Bridge and the weir at Bath Bath is a city in south-west England, most famous for its baths fed by three hot springs. ... June 26 is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1776 (MDCCLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Thursday of the 11-day slower Julian calendar). ... See also: Haymarket Theatre (Leicester) Haymarket Theatre, ca. ...


Elizabeth had many proposals of marriage, but on 18 March 1772 she eloped with Richard Brinsley Sheridan to France. However, they were both underage and so the marriage was invalid until Elizabeth’s father eventually consented officially on April 13, 1772 at Marylebone, London, one day after her last public appearance. She suffered many miscarriages due to poor health, but she finally delivered a son, Tom (1775-1819). She died of tuberculosis at Bristol in 1792 aged 38. March 18 is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1772 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... April 13 is the 103rd day of the year (104th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1772 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... // St Marylebone Parish Church is a church in London, from which Marylebone gets its name. ... Tuberculosis (abbreviated as TB for Tubercle Bacillus) is a common and deadly infectious disease that is caused by mycobacteria, primarily Mycobacterium tuberculosis. ... View from Cumberland Basin of the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon Gorge Bristol (IPA: ) is a city, unitary authority and ceremonial county in South West England, 115 miles (185 km) west of London. ... 1792 was a leap year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...


Linley family tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thomas Linley
 
Mary Johnson
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Richard Brinsley Sheridan,
1751-1816
 
Elizabeth,
1754-92
 
Thomas,
1756-78
 
Mary,
1758-87
 
Richard Tickell
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thomas Sheridan,
1775-1819
 
Samuel,
1760 - 1778
 
Maria,
1763-84
 
Ozias,
1765-1831
 
William,
(1771-1835)
 
5
other
children

Thomas Linley, by Thomas Gainsborough, holding his Elegies for Three Voices (Dulwich Picture Gallery) Thomas Linley (January 17, 1733–November 19, 1795), English musician, was born at Wells, Somerset, and studied music at Bath, where he settled as a singing-master and conductor of the concerts. ... Richard Brinsley Sheridan Richard Brinsley Sheridan (October 30, 1751 – July 7, 1816) was an Irish playwright and Whig statesman. ...

Sources

  • Highfill, Phillip H., Kalman A. Burnim, and Edward A. Langhans. A Biographical Dictionary of Actors...and Other Stage Personnel in London 1660-1800. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1982.
  • Short biography

 
 

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