1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Elizabeth Sheridan

Anonymous, "Mrs. Sheridan" European Magazine 34 (August 1798) 97.



MRS. SHERIDAN, who being, as Miss Linley, one Music-Meeting at Worcester, engaged, for a certain sum of money, to sing at that festivity, became married, before it took place, to Mr. Sheridan, and declined her engagement. This being represented to her as a hardship and a difficulty to the charity, she went to Worcester, and sang there with her usual excellence, and put the sum of money given her for her performance into the plate of the charity. This was the last time she sang in public, thus nobly sanctifying her wonderful talents by the generous use to which she employed them.

The picture of Mrs. Sheridan in the so well appropriated character of St. Caecilia is one of the happiest efforts of Sir Joshua Reynolds's pencil, and equals any thing that beau ideal of Guido himself has ever produced.