Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Junius Brutus Booth Sr. Born May 1, 1796

This oil portrait of Junius Brutus Booth Sr. by Baltimore area artist David Fried is displayed over the fireplace in the reception hall at Tudor Hall. Framed images of his wife Mary Ann and their six children who survived to adulthood line the mantle below the portrait. Four of their children died in childhood.
(Left click on photo to see a larger image.)
Photo by Jackie La Rocca.

May Day 2010 will mark the 214th anniversary of the birth of Junius Brutus Booth Sr. His parents were Richard and Elizabeth Booth who lived in the Clerkenwell section of greater London at the time of his birth.  He had a younger brother named Algernon Sydney who died in infancy, and a younger sister named Jane who would follow him to the United States with her own family in the 1820s.

An article entitled "The Dramatic Genius of Junius Brutus Booth Sr." by Mr. Clark appears in the May 2010 issue of the Booth History Spotlight (newsletter of the Junius B. Booth Society, Inc). An article entitled "John Wilkes Booth: Matinee Idol" also by Peter Clark appears in the same issue. You can read the May Spotlight at:


You can become a member of the Junius B. Booth Society, Inc., using a membership form found at:


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