Figure of Catherine 'Kitty' Clive, Bow Porcelain Factory, soft-paste porcelain, about 1750

Key information

Museum number

P23

Object

Figure of Catherine 'Kitty' Clive, Bow Porcelain Factory, soft-paste porcelain, about 1750

Gallery label

Kitty Clive as The Fine Lady
Bow Porcelain Factory
Soft-paste porcelain, about 1750
P23
Purchased by the Holburne Society in memory of James Calder, 1946

This figure and its companion (John Woodward, musuem number P443) are probably the earliest full-length portrait figures in English porcelain. It shows Catherine ‘Kitty’ Clive (1711–1785), one of the most famous actresses of the time, in the character of Mrs Riot or The Fine Lady in David Garrick’s satrical play Lethe.

On display?

Yes
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