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Kitty Fisher

11 of 35 portraits on display in Room 12 at the National Portrait Gallery

Kitty Fisher, by Nathaniel Hone, 1765 - NPG 2354 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kitty Fisher

by Nathaniel Hone
oil on canvas, 1765
29 1/2 in. x 24 1/2 in. (749 mm x 622 mm)
Bequeathed by John Baring, 2nd Baron Revelstoke, 1929
Primary Collection
NPG 2354

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  • Nathaniel Hone (1718-1784), Portrait and miniature painter. Artist associated with 56 portraits, Sitter in 9 portraits.

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Catherine Maria Fisher, a courtesan, was known for her beauty, wit and daring horsemanship. This picture would appear to be that exhibited at the Society of Artists in 1765 and described by the Public Advertiser as 'a portrait of a Lady whose charms are well known to the town. The painter has ingeniously attempted to acquaint us with her name by a rebus upon Canvass. By her side a Kitten (Kitty) is attempting to get into a basin of Gold Fish (Kitty Fisher)'. The reflection in the goldfish bowl of the crowd of people watching through the window is a striking comment on the nature of celebrity. More detailed information on this portrait is available in a National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue, John Kerslake's Early Georgian Portraits (1977, out of print).

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