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Figure - Kitty Clive as Mrs Riot in <i>Lethe</i>
  • Kitty Clive as Mrs Riot in Lethe
    Derby Porcelain factory
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Kitty Clive as Mrs Riot in Lethe

  • Object:

    Figure

  • Place of origin:

    Derby (manufactured)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Derby Porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Soft-paste porcelain

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber

  • Museum number:

    414:135/A-1885

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 9, shelf 7

Physical description

Figure in white soft-paste porcelain of actress Kitty Clive standing with her head thrown back, a spaniel under her right arm and a letter in her left hand, and she stands on a base applied with a floral spray, and wears a lace-trimmed bodice, a large crinoline dress and a wide lace cap.

Place of Origin

Derby (manufactured)

Date

ca. 1750 (made)

Artist/maker

Derby Porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Soft-paste porcelain

Dimensions

Height: 24.8 cm

Object history note

Bought by Lady Charlotte Schreiber to form a pair with Henry Woodward 414:135-1885 (Sch I 1)
One of these figures was bought by Lady Charlotte Schreiber from Wareham, London, for £12 in May 1873 and the other from Brown, London, for £3 in April 1867
Acquired as Chelsea porcelain.

Kitty Clive (née Rafter) is in the character of the Fine Lady in David Garrick's farce Lethe. Modelled after an engraving of 1750 by Charles Mosley after a watercolour by Thomas Worlidge (see References).
The figure is copied from one that was in production at Bow porcelain factory in 1750 (the date incised on the base of a Bow model of this subject at the Fitzwilliam Museum and also the date of Mosley's engraving).

Descriptive line

Figure in white soft-paste porcelain of actress Kitty Clive as Mrs Riot in Lethe standing with her head thrown back, a spaniel under her right arm and a letter in her left hand, Derby porcelain factory, ca. 1750.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Mallet, JVG. In: Derby Porcelain International Society Newsletter 26. 1992. 24 p.
Mallet, J.V.G. in Snodin, Michael (ed.), Rococo: Art and Design in Hogarth’s England. Victoria and Albert Museum, 1984, cat. O14

Materials

Soft paste porcelain

Subjects depicted

Woman; Theatre

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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