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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


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 ...