1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Colman

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 101.



From a Picture by Zoffany, in the possession of the Publisher.

GEORGE COLMAN the elder, (father of the living dramatist of that name,) was not, as far as we can recollect, a writer of much original verse. His introduction here, however, is partly upon that ground, and partly upon the strength of his comedies, which are well known, and generally and deservedly admired. He seems to have had small delicate features, and much precision about the mouth; but withal to have possessed a quick observing eye, and to have looked as complete a gentleman as we remember to have seen painted in any modern portrait. His "Jealous Wife" is a lively entertaining play, and his "Clandestine Marriage" contains one of the best characters of which comedy (certainly modern comedy) can boast.