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Charles Mathews

Photo credit: National Portrait Gallery, London

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The comic actor Charles Mathews's distinctive appearance, lop-sided mouth and remarkable gift for mimicry ensured huge contemporary popularity. In a double-act with fellow comedian John Liston, Mathews played the quick-thinking wit to Liston's gullible fool. During the summer months he toured the provinces and began to develop the idea of a one-man show. This eventually became the famous Mr Mathews at Home which combined mimicry, story-telling, quick-change artistry, comic songs and improvisation.

National Portrait Gallery, London

London


Date

c.1822

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 73 x W 61 cm

Accession number

1734

Acquisition method

Purchased, 1914

Work type

Painting


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