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Kitty Clive as 'The Fine Lady' in Lethe: EC.3-1938

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Kitty Clive as 'The Fine Lady' in Lethe


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




Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, figure of Kitty Clive as 'The Fine Lady' in Lethe, press-moulded, and lead-glazed.

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone ash, figure of Kitty Clive as 'The Fine Lady' in Lethe, press-moulded and lead-glazed, including the inside walls of the pedestal. The figure is supported on a high square pedestal with cut corners and incurved sides, decorated on the front with a musical trophy in relief, and on the sides with frilling. 'The Fine Lady' stands facing the front, with her head back. She wears a pinner, a ruffle round her neck, a pet-en-lair jacket with a sack back, ruffled sleeves, and small bobbles on the cuffs and front edges, and a wide hooped skirt. She rests her left arm over the skirt and holds a lapdog under her right arm. The date '1750' is incised on the inside of one side of the pedestal.


History note: Mr Mansell, Bournemouth; Mrs W.D. Dickson

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 31.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stratford-le-Bow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1938) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


18th Century, Mid#
George II
Production date: dated AD 1750


The Dublin-born actress, Catherine Clive (née Rafter, 1711-85), known as Kitty, joined the cast of Garrick's farce, Lethe as Mrs Riot or 'The Fine Lady' in 1749.The Bow model of Kitty was derived from a mezzotint of 1750 by Charles Mosely, traditionally said to be after a water-clour drawing by Thomas Worlidge. For an illustration of the mezzotint, see Documentation, Yarborough, 1996.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Base Depth 13.7 cm Width 15.0 cm
Skirt Width 17.3 cm

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 lead-glazed
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular inscribed in blue biro

  • Text: 40
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in blue biro
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular

  • Text: FITZ/MUS
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label
  • Text: 1750
  • Location: Inside one side of the pedestal
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.3-1938
Primary reference Number: 41984
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 24 May 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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