Staffordshire pearlware pottery figure of the actor John Liston in the part of Sam Swipes, circa 1830

This figurine depicts John Liston (1776-1846) as Sam Swipes, the comic figure he played in Theodore Hook’s play Exchange No Robbery at the Haymarket Theatre in 1820. It was based on a contemporary lithograph published by J.W. Gear.

Height: 6 ⅜”

Condition: Broken through at ankle level and restored