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Paul Pry

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A published plaster cast, probably of the actor John Liston in the character Paul Pry. Original colour and condition, English circa 1825. John Liston (c.1776-1846) was one of London's leading comic actors during the Regency 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.

10.25 in high


Item Code: 1758

£ 1250

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