William Dunlap (2/19/1766 - 9/28/1839)

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Borrowing activity from 9/30/1791 to 4/11/1805.

William Dunlap (February 19, 1766 – September 28, 1839) was a pioneer of American theater. He was a producer, playwright, and actor, as well as a historian. He managed two of New York's earliest and most prominent theaters, the John Street Theatre (from 1796–98) and the Park Theatre (from 1798–1805). He was also an artist, despite losing an eye in childhood.

He was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, the son of an army officer wounded at the Battle of Quebec in 1759. In 1783, he produced a portrait of George Washington, now owned by the United States Senate, and later studied art under Benjamin West in London. After returning to America in 1787, he worked exclusively in the theater for 18 years, resuming painting out of economic necessity in 1805. By 1817, he was a full-time painter.

In his lifetime he produced more than sixty plays, most of which were adaptations or translations from French or German works. A few were original: these were based on American themes and had American characters. However, he is best known for his encyclopedic three-volume History of the Rise and Progress of the Arts of Design in the United States, which was published in 1834, and which is now an invaluable source of information about artists, collecting, and artistic life generally in the colonial and federal periods.

Among his plays were the following:

  • The Father (1789)
  • Andre (1798)
  • The Stranger (1798)
  • False Shame (1799)
  • The Virgin of the Sun (1800)
  • Memoirs of George Frederick Cooke (1813)
  • A Trip to Niagara (1828)
  • History of the American Theater, 2 vols. (1832)

In 1825 Dunlap was one of the founders of the National Academy of Design, and taught at its school.

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Full Title Author Volume Date Out Date In Rep. Fine Ledger
Transcribed: BoileauNicolas Boileau DespréauxVolume 29/30/179110/20/1791
Transcribed: Poet MagVolume 110/20/179111/5/1791
Transcribed: LavaterLavaterVolume 211/5/179111/19/1791
Transcribed: "LavaterVolume 311/19/179111/25/1791
Transcribed: Antiq. ScotlandAdam de Cardonnel12/28/17911/8/1792
Transcribed: Mosheim historyJohann Lorenz Mosheim1/8/17921/17/1792
Transcribed: Amicable QuixoteVolume 11/17/17921/18/1792
Transcribed: "Volume 21/19/17922/1/1792
Transcribed: Mosheim Eclesias HisJohann Lorenz MosheimVolume 22/1/17922/15/1792
Transcribed: Am QuixoteVolume 22/15/17922/29/1792
Transcribed: "Volume 12/29/17923/3/1792
Transcribed: Franklins tourWilliam Francklin3/3/17923/5/1792
Transcribed: Boswells CorsicaJames Boswell3/5/17923/8/1792
Transcribed: Grose VoyageJohn Henry GroseVolume 13/8/17923/12/1792
Transcribed: "John Henry GroseVolume 23/12/17923/13/1792
Transcribed: Dows HindostanAlexander DowVolume 13/15/17923/22/1792
Transcribed: LavaterLavaterVolume 13/22/17924/12/1792
Transcribed: Burnetts MusicCharles BurneyVolume 14/12/17924/26/1792
Transcribed: Johnsons PoetsSamuel JohnsonVolume 1711/27/179912/2/1799
Transcribed: "Samuel JohnsonVolume 1812/2/179912/9/1799
Transcribed: "Samuel JohnsonVolume 1912/9/179912/10/1799
Transcribed: Don Quixote (Sp)Miguel de Cervantes SaavedraVolume 112/23/179912/24/1799
Transcribed: Mavor's VoyagesWilliam Fordyce MavorVolume 205/30/18006/6/1800
Transcribed: "William Fordyce MavorVolume 16/6/18006/8/1800
Transcribed: Memoirs Egypt1/12/18011/23/1801
Transcribed: Darwin Phythlogy1/24/18011/25/18016d
Transcribed: Paul & MaryJacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre5/20/18026/2/1802
Transcribed: Mavors VoyagesWilliam Fordyce MavorVolume 16/11/18026/21/1802
Transcribed: EvelinaFanny BurneyVolume 110/28/180211/4/1802
Transcribed: EvelinaFanny BurneyVolume 210/28/180211/4/1802
Transcribed: Mavors VoyagesWilliam Fordyce MavorVolume 111/4/180211/11/1802
Transcribed: "William Fordyce MavorVolume 311/11/180211/19/1802
Transcribed: "William Fordyce MavorVolume 211/19/180211/29/1802
Transcribed: "William Fordyce MavorVolume 411/29/180212/13/1802
Transcribed: "William Fordyce MavorVolume 512/13/180212/20/1802
Transcribed: "William Fordyce MavorVolume 612/20/18021/4/1803
Transcribed: Murphys TacitusArthur MurphyVolume 11/4/18031/13/1803
Transcribed: "Arthur MurphyVolume 21/13/18031/24/1803
Transcribed: "Arthur MurphyVolume 31/24/18031/28/1803
Transcribed: Herman UnaBenedikte NaubertVolume 21/28/18032/2/1803
Transcribed: Herman UnaBenedikte NaubertVolume 31/28/18032/2/1803
Transcribed: Herman UnaBenedikte NaubertVolume 11/28/18032/2/1803
Transcribed: Johnsons WorksSamuel JohnsonVolume 12/2/18032/3/1803
Transcribed: "Samuel JohnsonVolume 22/3/18032/7/1803
Transcribed: "Samuel JohnsonVolume 32/7/18032/9/1803
Transcribed: Vicar Wakefield2/9/18032/10/1803
Transcribed: PreceptorVolume 12/10/18032/21/1803
Transcribed: "Volume 22/21/18032/23/1803
Transcribed: Brydon's TourPatrick BrydoneVolume 22/23/18033/7/1803
Transcribed: Brydon's TourPatrick BrydoneVolume 12/23/18033/7/1803
Transcribed: Stauntons ChinaGeorge Leonard StauntonVolume 13/7/18033/25/1803
Transcribed: "George Leonard StauntonVolume 33/25/18033/29/1803
Transcribed: "George Leonard StauntonVolume 23/25/18033/29/1803
Transcribed: "George Leonard StauntonVolume 33/29/18034/18/1803
Transcribed: "George Leonard StauntonVolume 23/29/18034/18/1803
Transcribed: "George Leonard StauntonVolume 34/18/18035/7/1803
Transcribed: Capones LettersChaponeVolume 15/7/18035/24/18036d
Transcribed: Capones LettersChaponeVolume 25/7/18035/24/18036d
Transcribed: Langh. PlutarchJohn Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 15/24/18035/30/1803
Transcribed: "John Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 35/30/18036/1/1803
Transcribed: "John Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 46/1/18036/6/1803
Transcribed: "John Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 26/6/18036/13/1803
Transcribed: "John Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 56/13/18036/15/1803
Transcribed: "John Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 66/15/18036/29/1803
Transcribed: TelemachusFrançois de Salignac de la Mothe Fénelon6/29/18036/29/1803
Transcribed: Mitfords GreeceWilliam MitfordVolume 16/29/18037/1/1803
Transcribed: "William MitfordVolume 27/1/18037/5/1803
Transcribed: "William MitfordVolume 37/5/18037/8/1803
Transcribed: Segurs Frederick IILouis-Philippe SégurVolume 17/15/18037/18/1803
Transcribed: "Louis-Philippe SégurVolume 27/18/18037/25/1803
Transcribed: "Louis-Philippe SégurVolume 37/25/18037/28/1803
Transcribed: Sicilian RomanceAnn Ward Radcliffe7/28/18037/29/1803
Transcribed: Bryants AstronomyMargaret Bryan7/29/18038/12/1803
Transcribed: Athlyn & DunbaynAnne Radcliffe7/29/18037/29/1803
Transcribed: "Margaret Bryan8/12/180311/9/1803
Transcribed: Montigues LettersMary Wortley Montagu12/14/180312/19/1803
Transcribed: Genlis NovelsStéphanie Félicité, comtesse de GenlisVolume 112/22/180312/24/1803
Transcribed: "Stéphanie Félicité, comtesse de GenlisVolume 412/24/180312/26/1803
Transcribed: Modern EuropeVolume 112/26/180312/28/1803
Transcribed: Genlis NovelsStéphanie Félicité, comtesse de GenlisVolume 312/28/180312/31/1803
Transcribed: Castle RackrentMaria Edgeworth1/4/18041/11/1804
Transcribed: Gregorys WorksVolume 11/11/18041/16/1804
Transcribed: Genlis NovelsStéphanie Félicité, comtesse de GenlisVolume 21/16/18041/19/1804
Transcribed: Sidney BidulphFrances Chamberlaine SheridanVolume 11/19/18041/25/1804
Transcribed: Sidney BidulphFrances Chamberlaine SheridanVolume 21/19/18041/25/1804
Transcribed: Sidney BidulphFrances Chamberlaine SheridanVolume 31/21/18041/25/1804
Transcribed: Sidney BidulphFrances Chamberlaine SheridanVolume 41/21/18041/25/1804
Transcribed: Sidney BidulphFrances Chamberlaine SheridanVolume 51/21/18041/25/1804
Transcribed: Langh. PlutarchJohn Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 11/25/18042/8/1804
Transcribed: "John Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 12/8/18042/25/1804
Transcribed: "John Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 22/25/18043/10/1804
Transcribed: "John Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 23/10/18043/24/1804
Transcribed: "John Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 33/24/18044/9/1804
Transcribed: World DisplayedVolume 14/9/18044/16/1804
Transcribed: "Volume 24/16/18044/21/1804
Transcribed: "Volume 34/21/18045/1/1804
Transcribed: "Volume 45/1/18045/15/1804
Transcribed: "Volume 55/15/18046/9/18048d
Transcribed: "Volume 66/9/18046/27/1804
Transcribed: Camilla Tho PalmerFanny BurneyVolume 212/18/180412/24/1804
Transcribed: Camilla Tho PalmerFanny BurneyVolume 312/18/180412/24/1804
Transcribed: Camilla Tho PalmerFanny BurneyVolume 112/18/180412/24/1804
Transcribed: Langhornes PlutJohn Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 212/24/180412/29/1804
Transcribed: "John Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 212/29/18041/7/1805
Transcribed: "John Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 31/7/18051/10/1805
Transcribed: "John Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 51/10/18051/12/1805
Transcribed: Hayleys Life CowperWilliam Hayley1/12/18051/18/1805
Transcribed: ThalabaRobert SoutheyVolume 21/18/18051/26/1805
Transcribed: ThalabaRobert SoutheyVolume 11/18/18051/26/1805
Transcribed: Montigues Works1/26/18051/26/1805
Transcribed: Montigues Works1/26/18051/26/1805
Transcribed: "1/26/18051/29/1805
Transcribed: "1/26/18051/29/1805
Transcribed: "1/26/18051/29/1805
Transcribed: Godwines ChaucerWilliam GodwinVolume 21/29/18052/15/1805
Transcribed: Godwines ChaucerWilliam GodwinVolume 31/29/18052/15/1805
Transcribed: Godwines ChaucerWilliam GodwinVolume 11/29/18052/15/1805
Transcribed: Langh PlutarchJohn Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 42/15/18052/28/1805
Transcribed: White KnightTheodore MelvilleVolume 22/21/18053/19/1805
Transcribed: White KnightTheodore MelvilleVolume 32/21/18053/19/1805
Transcribed: White KnightTheodore MelvilleVolume 12/21/18053/19/1805
Transcribed: Tower's Frederick IIJoseph TowersVolume 13/19/18053/28/1805
Transcribed: Tower's Frederick IIJoseph TowersVolume 23/19/18053/28/1805
Transcribed: PercivalAnne PlumptreVolume 23/28/18054/11/1805
Transcribed: PercivalAnne PlumptreVolume 33/28/18054/11/1805
Transcribed: PercivalAnne PlumptreVolume 43/28/18054/11/1805
Transcribed: PercivalAnne PlumptreVolume 13/28/18054/11/1805
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