Alfred Bunn

Frederic Boase, Modern English Biography (1892-1921) 1:473.

ALFRED BUNN. b. 8 April 1796; a junior clerk in army medical department; stage manager of Drury Lane theatre 1823; manager of T.R. Birmingham 1819 to May 1825; one of 7 managers of Drury Lane one season; managed Drury Lane and Covent Garden theatres 1833; introduced orchestra stalls first used at Drury Lane 5 Feb. 1833; lessee of Drury Lane 1835-48; purchased for £2,000 dignity of a gentleman at arms formerly called gentleman pensioner 14 March 1836; bankrupt 17 Dec. 1840; adapted a great number of pieces for the stage; made his debut in America at Niblo's Saloon, New York in a literary and dramatic entertainment 11 Oct. 1852; said to be the original of Mr. Dolphin the manager in Thackeray's Pendennis; (m. 1819 the succeeding [Margaret Agenes Bunn]). author of The stage both before and behind the curtain, 3 vols 1840; A word with Punch 1847; Old England and New England, 2 vols. 1853; edited the Vauxhall papers 1841. d. of apoplexy at Boulogne 20 Dec. 1860. J. R. Planche's Reminiscences, vol. i. (1872); Dent's Old and New Birmingham (1880) 385-7, 432, portrait; I. L. N. [Illustrated London News] iv, 220 (1844), portrait, xvi, 141 (1850), portrait.