Staffordshire pearlware figure of John Liston in the part of Paul Pry, circa 1830

Despite a rather serious temperament, John Liston became one of the greatest comedians of all time, achieving his greatest successes in farce, particularly at the Haymarket Theatre in 1825 as the pompous busybody Paul Pry, a role in which he was often depicted in paintings, drawings and figurines. Liston was the first comic actor to command a salary greater than a tragedian, earning the vast salary of £60-£100 a week with Madame Vestris’s company at the Olympic Theatre. He retired in 1837 after a successful stage career which lasted over thirty years.

Height: 6″

Condition: Restoration to a break in his neck