Billy Waters African Sal Derby Porcelain Figurines Circa 1825

Item Number: L636

Billy Waters African Sal Derby Figurines Circa 1825

Pair of Billy Waters and African Sal, by Derby English. c. 1825

Billy Waters was probably born in America or the Caribbean. He lost a leg serving in the British navy during the Napoleonic wars. When he was discharged he supplemented his meager pension by busking with his fiddle on the streets of London, especially outside the Drury Lane Theatre. He lived nearby with his family in the St Giles district. Billy was an eccentric character, well known for his exuberant personality and feather hat. He died destitute in the workhouse in 1823, having pawned his fiddle shortly beforehand.

This porcelain figure was made in northern England by Edward Keys at a factory in Derby, where Keys also modelled figures of a black woman known as ‘African Sal’.

Size: 3.75 in / 9.5 cm Tall

Price: $1,195

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