Theatre, William Betty (actor), laudatory bronze medal 1804, by T Webb
Obv: bust of Betty right wearing frilly coat, THE YOUNG ROSCIUS
Rev: trumpet, sword, goblet and manuscript with laurel wreath, NOT YET MATURE YET MATCHLESS, birth date and MDCCCIV
Condition: Good very fine; Diameter: 42mm
Reference: BHM 558; E 954
Notes: William Betty (1791-1874), Shakespearean actor known as ‘The Young Roscius’. He was an extremely well-paid prodigy boy actor. His first performance in Covent Garden was in 1804, but he effectively retired in 1808 when he went up to Cambridge University.