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Henry Woodward (1714–1777) by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1759–62 The Lord Egremont. Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Woodward, Henry (1714–1777), actor and pantomimist, was born in Southwark, London, on 2 October 1714, the eldest son of a tallow chandler in Southwark, and was initially apprenticed in his father's trade. From 1724 to 1728 he attended Merchant Taylors' School, where he became noted for his quick wits. It is not certain how he obtained an introduction to ...