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Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Kitty Clive as Mrs Riot in Lethe

Figure
ca. 1750 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Soft-paste porcelain
Brief Description
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.
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.
Dimensions
  • Height: 24.8cm
Credit line
Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber
Object history
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).
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic References
  • 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
Other Number
Sch. I 1A - Schreiber number
Collection
Accession Number
414:135/A-1885

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record createdAugust 14, 2008
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