Cibber. I. Cains Gabriel, a sculptor, born in Holstein about 1630, died in London about 1700. He went to England during the protectorate of Cromwell, and was employed to execute the bassirilievi on the pedestal of the London monument. He is principally known as the sculptor of the two figures representing raving and melancholy madness, which adorned the principal gate of old Bethlehem hospital, and are now preserved in the new hospital in St. George's Fields. He was in later life employed by the duke of Devonshire in the improvement and decoration of his family seat at Chatsworth, and built the Danish church in London at his own expense. II. Colley, an English poet and dramatist, son of the preceding, born in London, Nov. 6, 1671, died Dec. 12, 1757. After serving as a volunteer in the cause of William of Orange, he commenced his career as an actor in 1689. His success was for many years very indifferent, but he at last attained popularity in the personation of feeble old men and fops. He wrote and adapted about 30 plays of various descriptions, among which are "Love's Last Shift," "Love Makes a Man," "She Would and He Would Not," "The Careless Husband," "The Nonjuror" (his best play, an adaptation of Moliere's Tar-tvfe, on which Bickerstaff afterward founded his "Hypocrite"), "The Provoked Husband," and the modern acting version of "Richard III." He also wrote an autobiography, under the title of an "Apology for his Life." He was one of the managers of Drury Lane theatre from 1711 to 1730, and was then appointed poet laureate, in which character he figures as hero of the "Dunciad." HI. Theoptiilns, an English actor and author, son of the preceding, born Nov. 26, 1703, died in October, 1758. He appeared on the stage in 1721, and met with some success; but his irregular habits prevented any systematic effort, and he was generally in want.
He early married an actress of the name of Johnson, and after her death married Miss Arne in 1734. His extravagance obliged him to retire to France in 1738, and on his return he separated from his wife under very discreditable circumstances. In 1758 he made an engagement with Mr. Sheridan at the Dublin theatre, but perished by shipwreck while crossing the Irish channel. He wrote and adapted several plays, and was concerned with a work entitled " Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland to the Time of Dean Swift" (5 vols., London, 1753), the authorship of which is claimed for a Scotchman named Shiel, who purchased from Cibber the privilege of using his name upon the title page. IV. Susannah Maria, an English actress, wife of the preceding, born in 1716, died Jan. 30, 1766. She was educated in music by her brother, Dr. Arne the composer, made her first public appearance as a singer, and after her marriage performed in tragedy. She is still reputed among the great actresses of the English stage. Handel was so enthusiastic in his admiration of her that he composed parts expressly to suit her voice, and himself instructed her in singing them.
Garrick is said to have exclaimed when he heard of her death, "Then tragedy has expired with her." She was buried in Westminster abbey*.