See also:born at Kilmurry,
See also:Ireland, on the 28th of
See also:January 1828, the son of
See also:Wills (179o-1868), author of Lives of Ilh'strious and Distinguished Irishmen (1839-1847) . The son was educated at
See also:Waterford Grammar School and Trinity
See also:Dublin . After several years of journalistic and
See also:work in Dublin, he settled in
See also:London, where he wrote stories for the magazines . In 1868 he determined that he could make a better living at portrait-
See also:painting, for which, though his
See also:education had been meagre, he had always had
See also:talent . He soon made a
See also:fair income, though in the long run his excessive Bohemianism, coupled with persistent absent-mindedness, lost him many sitters . Meanwhile he had begun to write for the stage . His first
See also:original work was the Man o'Airlie, produced at the Princess's theatre, London, in 1867 . Early in 1872 he was engaged by Colonel Bateman as " dramatist to the
See also:Lyceum " at an
See also:salary . Under the terms of his agreement he wrote
See also:Medea in Corinth,
See also:Charles I. and
See also:Aram, all of which were produced at the Lyceum in 1872-1873 . With Charles I., in which Mr (afterwards
See also:Henry) Irving confirmed the reputation he had earned by his performance in The Bells, Wills made a popular success, which he repeated in Olivia (adapted from Goldsmith's
See also:Vicar of
See also:field) in 1873 . From this date onwards Wills wrote continuously, and till 1887 his name was practically never absent from the
See also:bill of some London theatre . His work never, however, quite came up to the expectations which were based on his genuine ability, A, Flowering shoot from male plant .
B, Flowering shoot from
See also:female plant . 1, Foliage . 2, Catkin of fruits . 3, Male flower . and much of it is of an inferior quality . In Claudian (Princess's Theatre, 1883) and
See also:Faust (Lyceum Theatre, 1885) he merely supplied the text to a variety of dramatic situations . In 1887 his
See also:mother, whom he had supported for many years, died, and after her
See also:death he seemed to have less incentive for work . Wills was a painter by choice, and never put his whole heart into his dramatic work . He had some skill in ballad-writing, shown in the well-known " I'll sing thee songs of Araby." He died on the 13th of
See also:December 1891 .
FRANCIS WILLUGHBY (1635—1672)
I have a painting by william Gorman dated 1821. Where can i find if this picture has any value? thanks
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