English School, The One-legged black beggar in Cirencester, gouache, mid 19th century

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English School The One-legged black beggar in Cirencester Gouache, mid 19th century The reverse with hand-written paper label ‘Rowlandson’ and another paper label in capital letters ‘THE ONE LEGGED BLACK BEGGAR COULD BE THE CELEBRATED BILLY WALTERS WHO PLAYED HIS FIDDLE IN THE 1820 LONDON PRODUCTION OF TOM & JERRY. WHEN THIS CLOSED IN 1822 HE WAS OUT OF A JOB AND TOOK TO BEGGING. HE DIED OF DRINK 4 YEARS LATER. IN THE 1840’S A STAFFORDSHIRE FIGURE WAS PRODUCED OF HIM. In a gilt frame 12.5cm x 16cm
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