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William Oxberry (1784–1824) by George Clint, in or before 1822 [as Master Stephen in Every Man in his Humour by Ben Jonson] unknown collection / Christie's; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Oxberry, William (1784–1824), actor and printer, was born in Moorfields, London, on 18 December 1784, the son of an auctioneer. At the age of fourteen he was made a pupil of the artist George Stubbs, but having developed at school a fascination for the stage he quickly abandoned painting, first for bookselling and then for indentures with a ...