John Burton, "School of Garrick"
Black chalk and watercolour on laid paper
Mathews 263 (William Burton, artist unknown)
RW/CKA 50B (William Burton, artist unknown)
1833 London, Queen's Bazaar, Oxford Street, "Mr Mathews's Gallery of Theatrical Portraits" (263)
Burton wears a blue jacket with a Shakespeare Ribband, rosette, and Shakespeare favour. See G0006.
When still a child, John Burton made his first appearance on the London stage, at Drury Lane, on 28 October 1762 as a page in “Love Makes a Man”. He continued as a modestly useful actor until 1795-96, playing such roles as Thomas in “The Irish Widow”, Daniel in “The Conscious Lovers”, a witch in “Macbeth”, and a watchman in “Much Ado About Nothing”.