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Caroline Sheridan Norton

Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton (née Sheridan; 22 March 1808 – 15 June 1877) was an English social reformer and author active in the early and mid-nineteenth century. Norton left her husband in 1836, following which he sued her close friend Lord Melbourne, the then Whig Prime Minister, for criminal conversation (i.e. adultery). The jury threw out the claim, but she was unable to obtain a divorce and was denied access to her three sons. Norton's intense campaigning led to the passing of the Custody of Infants Act 1839, the Matrimonial Causes Act 1857 and the Married Women's Property Act 1870. Norton modelled for the fresco of Justice in the House of Lords by Daniel Maclise, who chose her because she was seen by many as a famous victim of injustice.

Birth and Death Data: Born March 22nd, 1808 (London), Died June 15th, 1877 (London)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1903 - 1933

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist

Notes: Name also appears as "The Hon. Mrs. Norton."

Recordings (Results 26-29 of 29 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
OKeh S-70882 10-in. Oct. 1922 Juanita Shannon Four Male vocal quartet composer, lyricist  
Brunswick 5912 10-in. approximately June 1921 Juanita Gondolier Trio Instrumental trio composer  
Edison 1107 10-in. 7/5/1912 Juanita Metropolitan Quartet Mixed vocal quartet, with orchestra lyricist, composer  
Edison 4344 10-in. 12/15/1915 Juanita Gladys Rice ; Frederick J. Wheeler Vocal duet (soprano and baritone), with orchestra lyricist, composer  
(Results 26-29 of 29 records)


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"Norton, Caroline Sheridan." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 1 December 2021.

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