A Staffordshire figure of Billy Waters Circa 1821-30
Lot 430
A Staffordshire figure of Billy Waters Circa 1821-30
Sold for £562 (US$ 933) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Staffordshire figure of Billy Waters
Circa 1821-30
After Enoch Wood, modelled with a peg leg, playing the fiddle, his wooden leg resting on the back of a dog, on a stepped cobbled base, 18cm high

Footnotes

  • Billy Waters, the 'King of the Beggars' was a well known London character. After losing a leg fighting in the British Army he supplemented his pension by begging in the West End. He starred in Pierce Egan's 'Tom and Jerry', a popular opera from 1821. Billy died in 1823 in St Giles' workhouse. In this version Billy Waters is incorrectly depicted, for he should have been painted as a black man.
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