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Billy Waters. Billy Waters (c. 1778-1823) was a black man who busked in London in the...

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Billy Waters. Billy Waters (c. 1778-1823) was a black man who busked in London in the nineteenth century by singing, playing the violin and entertaining theatre goers with his "peculiar antics". He became famous when he appeared as a character in William Thomas Moncrieff's Tom and Jerry, or Life in London in 1821. His striking image was established by his African ancestry, a naval uniform, his peg leg, his violin and the addition of a feathered hat.
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Costume of the Lower Orders of London. Painted and engraved from nature by T. L. Busby. Author: Busby, Thomas Lord / Illustrator: Busby, Thomas Lord London: Baldwin & Co, [1820] Source/Shelfmark: 7742.e.19.(2)

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