Early Staffordshire theatrical figure of Paul Pry, Enoch Wood, c. 1825

$1,250.00 AUD

Fine early Staffordshire figure, depicting John Liston playing ‘Paul Pry’, depicted in his charming busy-body  act wearing a smart yellow top-hat & gloves, and blue striped trousers, a marbled pillar at the back providing support, on a low plinth base with ochre lines around the edges.

Impressed with a small target symbol,

attributed to Enoch Wood,

circa 1830

15.2 cm



Paul Pry is a comedy by John Poole (1786/7-1872) in three acts. It was first performed on 13th September 1830, with John Liston as Pry, Madam Vestris as ‘Eliza’.


ref. Schkolne ‘Staffordshire Figures’ vol. 2 p65-7 for the Paul Pry figures. This example is very close to 51.13, attributed to Enoch Wood.

An example can be seen in the Victoria & Albert Museum >> 


Read more on our blog post here >>





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