Tyrone Power (1795–1841)
Tyrone Power c. 1840
Kilmacthomas, County Waterford, Ireland
|Died||17 March 1841|
William Grattan Tyrone Power (1795 – 17 March 1841), known professionally as Tyrone Power, was an Irish stage actor, comedian, author and theatrical manager.
Life and career
Born in Kilmacthomas, County Waterford, Ireland to a landed family, the son of Maria Maxwell and Tyrone Power, he took to the stage achieving prominence throughout the world as an actor and manager.
He was well known for acting in such Irish-themed plays as Catherine Gore's King O'Neil (1835), his own St. Patrick's Eve (1837), Samuel Lover's Rory O'More (1837) and The White Horse of the Peppers (1838), Anna Marie Hall's The Groves of Blarney (1838), Eugene Macarthy's Charles O'Malley (1838), and Bayle Bernard's His Last Legs (1839) and The Irish Attorney (1840). In his discussion of these works, Richard Allen Cave has argued that Power, both in his acting as well as his choice of plays, sought to rehabilitate the Irishman from the derogatory associations with "stage Irishmen" ("Staging the Irishman" in Acts of Supremacy ).
He had a number of notable descendants by his wife Anne, daughter of John Gilbert Esq. of the Isle of Wight:
- Sir William James Murray Tyrone Power 1819–1911 Commissary General in Chief of the British Army and Agent-General for New Zealand.
- Maurice Henry Anthony O'Reilly Power 1821–1849 initially trained as a barrister but later took up acting.
- Frederick Augustus Dobbyn Nugent Power 1823–1896 civil engineer who left a large estate of £197,000 (a minimum of 15.6 million pounds sterling or 28 million US dollars in 2006 terms).
- Clara Elizabeth Murray Power (1825-)
- Mary Jane Power (1827-)
- Harold Littledale Power (1833-1901) actor, wine merchant, mine agent & engineer.
- Born to Good Luck: or the Irishman’s Fortune. A farce in two acts. Adapted from “False and True”.
- How to Pay the Rent; a farce, in one act [and in prose]
- St. Patrick’s Eve; or the Order of the Day. A drama in three acts [and in prose]
- The Lost Heir and The Prediction (1830)
- The King’s Secret (1831)
- The Gipsy of the Abruzzo. (1831)
- Impressions of America, during the years 1833, 1834 and 1835. (1836)
- Impressions of America During the years 1833, 1834 and 1835. In Two Volumes, Volume I at Project Gutenberg
- Impressions of America During the years 1833, 1834 and 1835. In Two Volumes, Volume II at Project Gutenberg
- Tyrone Power (1795-1841) charcoal & painted images at NY Public Library