Early 19th century Staffordshire pearlware mug, made in the form of the head of the actor John Liston as Paul Pry with his name impressed along the band of his hat. Decorated with overglaze enamel colours, with a green coat and spotted bow tie.
Height: 5⅜” (13.7cm)
Condition: Minor chips & surface wear, no restoration.
Stock ref: 12358/pbn-
Price: 245 including p&p
*John Liston was one of London’s leading comic actors during the Regency period and the first comedian to command a salary greater than that of a tragedian. An early specialist in Cockney parts, he first found fame playing the buffoon in a double-act with Charles Mathews, Snub-nosed, red-cheeked and enormously broad-bottomed, Liston had only to appear on stage to set the audience laughing. He shrewdly chose costumes to accentuate his comic appearance and specialised in physical gags and easy humour. His most famous role, Paul Pry, in John Poole’s comedy of that name, set the standard for every later performer of the part.
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