Billy Waters - Soldier, Actor and Musician

Billy Waters was a man of many talents. This image of him is taken from a scrapbook of prints by Thomas Lord Busby.

A musician with a wooden leg, Waters was a busker outside the Adelphi Theatre and was popular with the London public. Billy would have collected a considerable amount of 'halfpennies' from the patrons entering and leaving the theatre. He was immortalised by the Billy Waters figurines produced by the Staffordshire Potteries.

Victoria & Albert Museum E.1070-1921 (CIS) (1804-37)
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