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Henry Woodward as 'The Fine Gentleman' in Lethe: C.3026B-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Henry Woodward as 'The Fine Gentleman' in Lethe


Factory: Bow Porcelain Manufactory
Engraver: Mosely, Charles (After)
Painter: Worlidge, Thomas (After)




Soft-paste porcelain figure of Henry Woodward as 'The Fine Gentleman' in Lethe.

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded and hand-modelled, with clear, iron-speckled glaze. The figure is on a shallow square base with cut-corners, decorated with an incised diamond diaper pattern, and having at centre back a broken pedestal with a stepped base. The underside of the base is rough and has a deep depression under the pedestal. The edges have been flattened and wiped free of glaze; the central area is glazed. The actor is clean-shaven and has long hair drawn into a waist-length queue with a bow at the bottom. He stands with his feet wide apart, the left behind the right, and his hands concealed beneath the uplifted skirts of his waistcoat. He wears a tricorn hat with fringing at the corners, a full-skirted coat, a long waistcoat trimmed with bobbles, shoes with straps and buckles, and a low-slung sword.


History note: Frank Stoner, London, from whom purchased on 21 March 1917 for £125 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher.

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Depth: 12.3 cm
Height: 26.3 cm
Width: 11.9 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stratford-le-Bow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


18th Century, Mid#
George II
Production date: circa AD 1750 : The figure of Woodward is usually dated c. 1750 because an example in the Untermyer Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, is dated '1750', that date also occurs on the Fitzwilliam's Kitty Clive on a high base, EC.3-1938.


The actor Henry Woodward (b.1717, d.1777), joined the cast of Garrick's farce Lethe as 'The Fine Gentleman' . The Bow model of Henry Woodward derived from a mezzotint of 1750 by Charles Mosely, traditionally said to be after a water-colour drawing by Thomas Worlidge

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Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
presumed phosphatic Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, press-moulded and hand-modelled, with clear, iron-speckled glaze

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.3026B-1928
Primary reference Number: 41511
Old object number: 4491A
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 19 September 2017 Last processed: Tuesday 17 October 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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