(1803—1857) playwright and journalist
made his name in the theatre with Black‐Ey'd Susan (1829), founded on Gay's ballad. He was a friend of Dickens and was associated with Punch from its beginnings, for which he wrote several serial works, including social political articles signed ‘Q’ and Mrs Caudle's Curtain Lectures (issued as a book in 1846). From 1845, he ran Douglas Jerrold's Shilling Magazine and from 1846 Douglas Jerrold's Weekly Newspaper. He wrote several successful plays, novels, and studies of Men of Character (1838) which were illustrated by Thackeray. His son, William Blanchard Jerrold (1826–84), was also a prolific and miscellaneous writer.