Burke, Joseph (Master)

Biography of Master Burke, the Irish Roscius: The Wonder of the World, and the Paragon of Actors “O ’tis a parlous boy.” “I spare my praises towards him, Knowing him is enough.” — Shakespeare This wonderful Boy is the most extraordinary instance of precocious genius that has appeared in Europe during the present century. At … Continue reading Burke, Joseph (Master)

Burke, Joseph (Master)

BURKE (JOSEPH). PLAYBILLS of his performances at SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND, in 1829-30, previous to his departure for AMERICA, appearing in the characters of DENNIS BRULGUDDERY, ROMEO, TEDDY O’ROURKE, alias DR. O’TOOLE, VICTOR PLEYEL, LORD GRIZZLE, SIR CALLAGHAN O’BRALLAGHAN, LOONEY MACTWOLTER, ALSO ASSUMING SIX CHARACTERS in the “March of Intellect,” AND SIX in the farce of “A … Continue reading Burke, Joseph (Master)

Burke, Joseph (Master)

BURKE (JOSEPH). PORTRAIT, as SIGNOR SORDNI, drawn by WAGEMAN, etched by R. CRUIKSHANK, and engraved by P. ROBERTS. 4to. COLORED. BURKE (JOSEPH). PORTRAIT, AS BLUSTER BUBBLE, drawn by WAGEMAN, etched by R. CRUIKSHANK, and engraved by P. ROBERTS. 4to. COLORED. BURKE (JOSEPH). PORTRAIT, AS GENERAL BOMBASTES. LITHOGRAPH BY INGREY AND MADELEY, after a sketch by … Continue reading Burke, Joseph (Master)

Burke, Joseph (Master)

BURKE (JOSEPH). VIOLNIST, known earlier in life as the celebrated MASTER BURKE. LITHOGRAPH PORTRAIT by F. D’AVIGNON. 4to, oval (cut out and mounted). VERY RARE. BURKE (JOSEPH). LITHOGRAPH PORTRAIT, in plain dress, by Pendleton, after S.S. OSGOOD. 4to (slightly damaged in margin). VERY RARE. BURKE (JOSEPH). PORTRAIT AS JACK RATLINE; full length, drawn by WAGEMAN, … Continue reading Burke, Joseph (Master)

Burke, Joseph (Master)

Immediately following [Mrs. A. Drake] came that wonderful youth, Joseph Burke. He commenced with the performance of (484) Romeo; Mercutio, N. M. Ludlow; Peter, T. Placide; Juliet, Miss E. Riddle; and he performed in the farce, the same night, Terry O’Rourke, in the “Irish Tutor.” Next night, he appeared in an old man, personating Sir … Continue reading Burke, Joseph (Master)

Burke, Joseph (Master)

April 7, 1845, my company and myself left Mobile for St. Louis and arrived at New Orleans the next morning early. I engaged a passage for myself on the steamer “Harry of the West,” for St. Louis, and left on Wednesday, April 10th, Master Joseph Burke, the young and highly gifted comedian and musician, was … Continue reading Burke, Joseph (Master)

Burke, Joseph (Master)

New Orleans Season of 1846-7 — Mr. and Mrs. J Wallack — John E. Owens — Mdlle. Blangy — Mr. Murdock — Mr. J. Wallack, Sr. — Ravels — Leopold de Meyer — Joseph Burke — E.L Davenport — Biography of Mr. and Mrs. Wallack Mr. and Mrs. Kean — Biography of Mr. Kean — … Continue reading Burke, Joseph (Master)

Burke, Joseph (Master)

After the engagement of Madame Celeste, Mr. Dan Marble performed a few nights, but only with moderate success. Following Marble came a combination formed of Mr. George H. Barrett, John R. Scott, and young Master Joseph Burke; but, for some unaccountable reason, they did not draw good houses, or at least not such as talent … Continue reading Burke, Joseph (Master)

Burke, Joseph (Master)

The first two week’s performances of the Cincinnati season were but indifferently attended, and it was not until Master Joseph Burke, the young Irish Roscius, presented himself to the Cincinnatians, that the receipts of the theatre equalled the expenses. But Master Burke drew effectually ; to use a common expression, he “drew like a fly-blister.” … Continue reading Burke, Joseph (Master)

Burke, Joseph (Master)

Those capital actors [. . .] and all that brilliant cluster of Irish histrions, [such as] Joseph Burke. “Master Burke,” [. . .] rest[s] in America. The Era 5/4/1893. Print. Burke, The Era, 5/4/1893  

Burke, Joseph (Master)

MEMOIR OF MASTER BURKE., “O ’tis a parlous boy.” “I spare my praises towards him, Knowing him is enough.” — Shakespeare Joseph Burke is descended from one of the most respectable families in the county of Galway, in Ireland; his father being nephew to Sir John Blake, and consequently first cousin to Valentine Blake, Esq. … Continue reading Burke, Joseph (Master)

Burke, Joseph (Master)

CARD.—Mr. JOSEPH BURKE respectfully informs his friends and pupils that he has returned to the City for the season and will devote his time to giving instruction on the Piano Forte, Singing, Violin, and Leçons d’ Accompaenement Comumincations left at the Music Stores of Wm. Hall & Son, or Scharfenburg & Lewis, or addressed to … Continue reading Burke, Joseph (Master)

Burke, Joseph (Master)

[N]ames like that of Joseph Burke (who was known seventy-five years ago as “the Irish Roscius,” and who at eleven years of age would act the principal part in a drama, then play a violin solo and afterward direct the orchestra), are found among these of the greatest composers of the last three generations. New-York … Continue reading Burke, Joseph (Master)

Burke, Joseph (Master)

Obituary: Joseph Burke Joseph Burke, once a well known violinist, died yesterday morning at the Park Avenue Hotel, after a brief illness. Seventy years ago he had a reputation as “Master Burke,” a boy violinist of great promise and an actor. He was born about 1815, in Galway, Ireland, the son of a physician, but … Continue reading Burke, Joseph (Master)

Burke, Joseph (Master)

Master Joseph Burke acted Dr. O’Toole when only seven years of age, visited American at twelve, acted at the Park theatre, New York, and after playing Young Norval in “Douglas,” led the orchestra in the overature to “Guy Mannering.” He was a clever solo player on the violin; he also sang harmonious songs. He averaged … Continue reading Burke, Joseph (Master)

Burke, Joseph (Master)

From the Dramatic Magazine. MEMOIR OF MASTER BURKE, THE IRISH ROSCIUS. This is the most extraordinary instance of precocious genius that has appeared in Europe during the present century. At seven years of age he was introduced to the late king of England, George the Fourth, at the Pavilion at Brighton, who expressed in warm … Continue reading Burke, Joseph (Master)

Boone Children/ Miss Anna and Miss Lora

The Boone Children, especially Miss Anna and Miss Lora, are very successful at the Royal Coliseum, in London.  Mrs. Boone is with them.  Mr. Boone is in New York. New York Clipper 19 March 1859: 383. Print.

Boniface, (Little) Marie

The Bryant Minstrels have produced several laughable novelties of late, prominent among which is a capital burlesque of the Italian Opera….Little Arthur is a very clever juvenile music-cardo, and his shrill voice is heard high above the din of the terrific finale. Henrietta Lang and Little Marie Boniface give the interlude dances on Saturday afternoon … Continue reading Boniface, (Little) Marie

Bronsit[?] Family

The Bronsit [Bronsil?] Family, six children, the oldest just in her teens, have been successful in England, and threaten to come over here. New York Clipper 9 April 1859: 406. Print.

Buras[?], (Little) Kila

Attempts are making to fasten the name of “The Little Kemble” upon Little Kila [?] Buras [Horas?].  Small business, but great cruelty, for such a faming name might add …to Buras. New York Clipper 9 April 1859: 406. Print.

Burns, (Little) Ella

Little Ella Burns is Little Ella Burns no more, the Judge having decided that she must bear the name given to her by her “parents” in baptism, viz: Eva Bell Whiton, and must also go to school, and not appear upon the stage until she is a big, big woman, when she may not want … Continue reading Burns, (Little) Ella

Burns, Etta (Ella?)

Little Etta Burns, after a tour around Washington way, among the “highly respectable,” has returned to ordinary people here, with her mother. New York Clipper 2 April 1859: 398. Print

Batemen Children

The Batemen Children are performing at Rochester. New York Clipper 30 July 1853. Print.  

Burns, (Little) Ella

A charitable concert (we know not how our religious friends could get along without “concert”) was given at Brother Beecher’s church in Brooklyn, on February 28th.  Carl Bergmen was conductor, with the Philharmonic Society of Brooklyn.  Miss Hadly did the soprano solos, and Mr. Millard the tenor.  Little Ella Burns was the reader and Mr. … Continue reading Burns, (Little) Ella

Burns, Ella

A little girl, four years old, who reads and recites better than some professional elocutionists has created a great deal of wonder in private circles in this city.  Her name is Ella Burns: she is a Native of Cincinnati, and was this winter brought to New York by her mother, a widow lady, who had hopes … Continue reading Burns, Ella