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John Liston

(1776?-1846), Comedian and actor

Sitter associated with 15 portraits
John Liston was one of London's leading comic actors during the Regency and the first comedian to command a salary greater than that of a tragedian. An early specialist in Cockney parts, he first found fame playing the buffoon in a double-act with Charles Mathews. Snub-nosed, red-cheeked and enormously broad-bottomed, Liston had only to appear on stage to set the audience laughing. He shrewdly chose costumes to accentuate his comic appearance and specialised in physical gags and easy humour. His most famous role, Paul Pry, in John Poole's comedy of that name, set the standard for every later performer of the part.

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John Liston, after Augustin Edouart - NPG 3098

John Liston

after Augustin Edouart
ink, based on a work of 1826
NPG 3098

John Liston as Lubin Log in 'Love Law & Physic', by Richard Dighton, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D34474

John Liston as Lubin Log in 'Love Law & Physic'

by Richard Dighton, published by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, August 1819
NPG D34474

John Liston ('Mr Liston, in love law & physic'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D13337

John Liston ('Mr Liston, in love law & physic')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
etching, published August 1819
NPG D13337

John Liston as Dominie Sampson, by Thomas Woolnoth, after  Thomas Charles Wageman - NPG D38646

John Liston as Dominie Sampson

by Thomas Woolnoth, after Thomas Charles Wageman
stipple engraving, published 1820
NPG D38646

John Liston, by William Ward, published by  Colnaghi & Co, after  John Jackson - NPG D37365

John Liston

by William Ward, published by Colnaghi & Co, after John Jackson
mezzotint, published 1 January 1821
NPG D37365

John Liston, by William Ward, published by  Colnaghi & Co, after  John Jackson - NPG D19354

John Liston

by William Ward, published by Colnaghi & Co, after John Jackson
mezzotint, published 1 January 1821
NPG D19354

Hypocrite. Act IId. Scene 1st., by and published by John William Gear - NPG D9308

Hypocrite. Act IId. Scene 1st.

by and published by John William Gear
coloured aquatint, published July 1824
NPG D9308

John Liston, by and published by George Edward Madeley, published by  Charles Ingrey - NPG D37364

John Liston

by and published by George Edward Madeley, published by Charles Ingrey
hand-coloured lithograph, published January 1826
NPG D37364

John Liston and an unknown man, by Augustin Edouart - NPG D403

John Liston and an unknown man

by Augustin Edouart
silhouette, September 1826
NPG D403

John Liston, by Richard James Lane, printed by  Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by  Joseph Dickinson - NPG D21952

John Liston

by Richard James Lane, printed by Charles Joseph Hullmandel, published by Joseph Dickinson
lithograph, published 24 November 1826
NPG D21952

John Liston, by Henry Sadd, published by  Thomas McLean, after  George Clint - NPG D19044

John Liston

by Henry Sadd, published by Thomas McLean, after George Clint
mezzotint, published 23 April 1832
NPG D19044

The Rivals (John Liston; George William Frederick Howard, 7th Earl of Carlisle), by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by  Alfred Ducôte, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D41359

The Rivals (John Liston; George William Frederick Howard, 7th Earl of Carlisle)

by John ('HB') Doyle, printed by Alfred Ducôte, published by Thomas McLean
lithograph, published 7 March 1836
NPG D41359

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John Liston as Billy Lackaday in 'Sweethearts and Wives'

by T. Marlay
watercolour, early 19th century
NPG D5778

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