Item VII/v/05 - The Comic History of England

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GB 2014 WS-01-GRE-VII/v/05


The Comic History of England


  • 1957 (Accumulation)
  • 1864 (Publication)

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8vo, 1 volume

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A BECKETT, GILBERT ABBOTT, brother of Sir William à Beckett (qv); b. 17 Feb 1811; adm. 10 Jan 1820; left Aug 1828; adm. Gray’s Inn 25 Apr 1828, called to bar 27 Jan 1841; a Metropolitan Police Magistrate from Feb 1849, sitting first at Greenwich and Woolwich, but at Southwark from 31 Dec 1849; while at school he started, with his brother William, the Censor and the Literary Beacon, two papers which attracted much attention; founder and first editor of Figaro in London, the immediate precursor of Punch; subsequently one of the original staff of Punch, and for many years leader writer for the Times and Morning Herald; author of The Comic History of England, 1848, some fifty or sixty plays, and numerous other works; m. 21 Jan 1835 Mary Anne, eldest dau. of Joseph Glossop, Royal Coburg Theatre, Clerk of the Cheque to the Hon. Corps of Gentlemen at Arms; d. at Boulogne 30 Aug 1856. DNB.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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  • English


  • Latin


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