Pearlware pottery jug commemorating William Betty the British Tragedian, circa 1804

William Henry West Betty (13 September 1791 in Shrewsbury – 24 August 1874 in London) was a popular child actor of the early nineteenth century, known as “the Young Roscius.” His parents had Betty tour in Scotland and England in 1804, where he was treated with thunderous applause as he reprised past roles such as Young Norval in Douglas. His performances sold out and earned nearly 850 pounds the last six nights this jug dated from then. Betty was also a great success socially. George III himself presented Betty to the queen, and William Pitt upon one occasion adjourned the House of Commons that members might be in time for his performance.

Height: 5 ½”

Condition: Small break to the end of the spout restuck