Mrs. Brown’s visits to Paris, . Shelfmark: OLS B-6-426 no.1
As a former curate in Camberwell, South London, George Rose (1817-1882) may not suggest the most obvious connection to the successful Brendan O’Carroll character, Agnes Brown. However, after leaving the Church of England in 1855, Rose underwent a major career change and began to adapt and produce a number of plays for the stage under the pseudonym Arthur Sketchley.
Mrs. Brown at Margate, . Shelfmark: OLS B-7-203
His big breakthrough came with his fictitious character Mrs. Brown, whose monologues first appeared in Fun magazine on 20 May 1865
, one year before Routledge began to issue the works in book form. Running to over 30 volumes the series was a major success. As with the 21st
century Mrs. Brown, Rose’s creation was from a working class background and addressed her audience in a humourous and colloquial fashion. Tackling the current topics of the day, titles such as Mrs Brown on the new liquor law
(1872) and Mrs Brown on Home Rule
(1881) gives an idea of the broad subject matter. Success in print form prompted Rose to return to his artistic roots and tour music halls and theatres globally, delivering Mrs. Brown monologues.Unfortunately in his later years Rose became massively overweight and died suddenly on 11 November 1882.
The Library of Trinity College Dublin holds four titles in the series – ‘Mrs. Brown’s visits to Paris’, ; ‘Mrs. Brown in London’ ; ‘Mrs. Brown on the battle of Dorking’,  and ‘Mrs. Brown at Margate’, .