1719 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Durant Breval

Giles Jacob, in Poetical Register: or the Lives and Characters of the English Dramatick Poets (1719) 284.



This Gentleman is Son of the late Dr. Breval, one of the Prebendaries of Westminster. He had h is Education at Westminster-School, from whence he was elected to Trinity-College in Cambridge, of which he was some time Fellow: But leaving the University, he went into the Army, and has now a Lieutenant's Commission. He has given us one Dramatick Performance, call'd,

The Play is the Plot; a Comedy, acted at the Theatre Royal, 1717. This Play met with but indifferent Success, being, as himself allows, mere Farce. Part of it seems to be translated from some French Interludes in Le Theatre Italien. He has write several very entertaining Poems, viz. The Art of Dress. II. MacDermot, or the Irish Fortune Hunter. III. Calpe, or Gibralter, &c.