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George Vining

George Vining

The inscription on the album doesn’t include the actor’s first name. This could be either Frederick Vining (1790-1871) or his nephew George Vining (1824-1875). Given the apparent age of the sitter, this is probably the nephew rather than the uncle.

According to the DNB (1900), his most popular creation was the detective Badger in Boucicault’s Streets of London (1863), an adaptation of the author’s earlier, American success The Poor of New York. On 2 July 1867 he played an original part in The Huguenot Captain by Watts Phillips, and on 12 August 1868 he scored another success in Boucicault's After Dark. He was the first Bullhead, to Charles Mathews's Gentleman Jack, in Escaped from Portland (9 October1869). After his retirement from management he played, at the Olympic, Count Fosco at the first production of Wilkie Collins's Woman in White (9 October 1871). He died at Reading on 17 December 1875.

Photographed by John Mayall of London and Brighton.


Code: 124451
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