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January 4, 2013

Adeline Cotterell (fl. 1860s)
English actress
St. James’s Theatre, London, 4 May 1863
(photo: Alexander Bassano, 122 Regent Street, London, circa 1863)

‘It is difficult to find a single life in all Johnson’s Lives of the Poets, in which it is not said of the subject that such and such a work ”sustained,” rather than added to, his reputation. Now, as the doctor is less litigious than Mr. Boucicault, we have no hesitation in adopting that phrase to describe The Little Sentinel, a new comedietta, written by Mr. J.T. Williams. It is just ”up to the mark,” and no more. And yet the story is simple and pretty. A young countryman has secretly engaged himself to a ”dashing” widow, and during his absence he obtains the services of his sister to baffle all admirers. This is the little sentinel – Miss Marie Wilton; and much work is quickly cut out for her. A pair of town swells, old and young, tottering and lisping, assail the widow, and are discomfited. The little sentinel makes love to them herself, and interrupts their flirtations by flinging apples, dropping brooms on their toes, and even bestowing on them a liberal shower from a watering-pot. All this Miss Marie Wilton performs with much grace and vivacity, but countless times have we seen her to better advantage. Miss Adeline Cotterell made a most desirable widow, but the brace of coxcombs were decidedly over-acted by Mr. Johnson and Mr. Gaston Murray.’
(The Era, London, Sunday, 10 May 1863, p. 8b)

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