by Narcisse Fournier (1803-1880)
The original text
telling about a fictional incident in the real-life actress 18th century British actress Anne Oldfield (1783-1830) and a young poet who falls in love with her.
Originally adapted from Narcisse Fournier (1803-1880) as a short story called "Art: a dramatic tale" by Charles Reade (1814-1884), and published in Bentley's Miscellany (December 1853).
In 1855 Reade adapted it as a one act play called simply Art Based on the story "Art: a dramatic tale" by Charles Reade (1814-1884),
Later revived as An Actress of Daylight for the actress Mrs John Wood, and againj, as Nance Oldfield, in 1883 for the actress Geneviève Ward. The first production by Ward was a failure at the time, but the play would become a standard work in her repertoire over the years.
In 1891 Ellen Terry purchased the rights to Reade's play, performing the leading role numerous times under the title Nance Oldfield.
In 1894 W. H. Baker & co., Boston, published the text of a one-act play called Nance Oldfield credited to "M.A." (Mildred Aldrich, 1853-1928), in the series Baker's edition of plays. The text clearly credits "M.A." as the author, but states that it had been "arranged from Charles Reade's story".
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
Jeffrey Richards. 2007. Sir Henry Irving: A Victorian Actor and His World A&C Black:p.53
Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900 (Volume 5, Late Nineteenth Century) Cambridge University Press:p.396 
J.P. Wearing. 2013. The London Stage 1890-1899: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. (Second, revised edition, p.215
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