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William Henry West Betty

(1791-1874), Known as 'The Young Roscius'; actor

Regency Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter associated with 8 portraits
When he was nine years old, after seeing Sarah Siddons on the stage in Belfast, William Betty declared that he would die if he could not become an actor. He made his first stage appearance two years later in 1803. For three years Betty enjoyed enormous success as a child star, before adulthood began to reveal his limitations as an actor. He retired from the stage when in his early twenties.

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William Henry West Betty, by James Ward, published by  Colnaghi & Co, after  James Northcote - NPG D18745

William Henry West Betty

by James Ward, published by Colnaghi & Co, after James Northcote
mezzotint, published 15 March 1805
NPG D18745

William Henry West Betty as Hamlet, by James Heath, after  James Northcote - NPG D31739

William Henry West Betty as Hamlet

by James Heath, after James Northcote
hand-coloured line engraving, published 1806
NPG D31739

William Henry West Betty as Hamlet, by James Heath, after  James Northcote - NPG D31740

William Henry West Betty as Hamlet

by James Heath, after James Northcote
line engraving, published 1806
NPG D31740

William Henry West Betty as Hamlet, by James Heath, after  James Northcote - NPG D31741

William Henry West Betty as Hamlet

by James Heath, after James Northcote
line engraving, published 1806
NPG D31741

William Henry West Betty as Young Norval in 'Douglas', by James Heath, after  John Opie - NPG D31737

William Henry West Betty as Young Norval in 'Douglas'

by James Heath, after John Opie
hand-coloured line engraving, published 1807
NPG D31737

William Henry West Betty as Young Norval in 'Douglas', by James Heath, after  John Opie - NPG D31738

William Henry West Betty as Young Norval in 'Douglas'

by James Heath, after John Opie
line engraving, published 1807
NPG D31738

William Henry West Betty as Alexander, probably by John Thompson, published by  Clement Chapple, after  Thomas Charles Wageman - NPG D38607

William Henry West Betty as Alexander

probably by John Thompson, published by Clement Chapple, after Thomas Charles Wageman
stipple engraving, published 1818
NPG D38607

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