Robert Wilk[e]s

CriticismCommentary

Life
1665-1732 [Wilkes or Wilks]; actor; accompanied Williamite Army to Ireland and worked as Govt. clerk; played Othello at Smock Alley (1691) and subsequently migrated to London where he had a successful career, with notable triumphs as Sir Harry Wildair (Farquhar) and Prince Hal; Robert Hitchcock called Wilkes our finest comedian. RR ODNB DIB OCIL

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Criticism
Richard Ryan, Biographia Hibernica: Irish Worthies (1821), Vol. II, p.630-64; William Smith Clark, The Early Irish Stage: The Beginnings to 1720 (Clarendon Press 1955), p.215. See also R. B. Peake, Memoirs of the Colman Family (1841).

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Notes
W. S. Clark, Early Irish Stage (Oxford 1955), p.216, cites Authentic Memoirs, or the Life and Character of that Most Celebrated Comedian, Mr. Robert Wilks, Daniel O’Bryan (London 1732).

John Downes, Roscius Anglicanus (1708; Augustan Reprints, 134, 1969), cites Wilks among players.

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