On this day: Elizabeth Gaskell was born

1832 portrait of English writer and biographer Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-65)

Elizabeth Gaskell in 1832, the year of her marriage.

English author Elizabeth Gaskell, the Victorian era creator of stories such as Cranford and North and South, was born on the 29th of September, 1810.

Her first novel, Mary Barton, was published in 1848.

Miss Matty and her brother Peter from Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell 1917

A 1917 illustration of Cranford.

Cranford and North and South, both of which have recently been adapted into very popular television series, were published in the 1850s.


On this day: Sarah Booth’s Covent Garden Debut

English Actress Sarah Booth. Early 19th Century.

Famous English actress Sarah Booth made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on the 23rd of November, 1810. She played Amanthis in the play Child of Nature.

The Theatre Royal, Covent Garden in 1810.

The new Opera House, drawn in 1810.

At the time, the Opera House was brand new, as the previous one had been destroyed by fire.

Portrait_of_Sarah_Booth in 1815

An 1815 portrait.

Booth was born in 1793 in Birmingham, and had a sister who also performed on the stage. Both were dancers at the time they were discovered in Manchester. Small in stature and with hair that was tinged red, Sarah was often cast in roles like Juliet, roles that required her to look younger.