Billy Waters figure

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Date:1820 - 1830 (c.)

Description:Earthenware over-glaze painted figure and undecorated figure . Height of tallest figure 210mm. Billy Waters (died 1823) was a beggar with a peg leg who earned a living playing a fiddle in London's West End. He became famous after being featured in an 1821 book, 'Tom & Jerry, Life in London'. The book was made into a successful opera. Billy Waters died in poverty in 1823. The fragmented figures were excavated at Burslem Town Hall, in 1938. The complete Billy Waters figure is on display in the ceramics gallery .


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Donor ref:1949.P. (159/20793)

Source: Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

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