- Olive Baldwin
- and Thelma Wilson
(b Chelsea, London, bap. July 29, 1755; d London, July 6, 1805). English actor and singer . As a boy he sang at St Paul’s and in the London pleasure gardens. He worked for several years in the north of England in Wilkinson’s company before making his Drury Lane début as Ralph in The Maid of the Mill (1780). Tall and thin with a lugubrious face, he became a popular comic actor; Lamb wrote that ‘Shakespeare foresaw him, when he framed his fools and jesters’. Although his adult voice was not of fine quality his musical ability and comic genius led Storace and Kelly to create many roles for him. His greatest success was the barber-factotum Dicky Gossip in Storace’s My Grandmother (1793). His published compositions include a set of sonatas, six glees and a number of songs, mainly sentimental ballads.BDA DNB (J. Kennedy...