- Extended Catalogue Entry
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
Sitterback to top
- Catherine Maria ('Kitty') Fisher (circa 1741-1767), Courtesan. Sitter associated with 11 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Nathaniel Hone (1718-1784), Portrait and miniature painter. Artist associated with 56 portraits, Sitter in 9 portraits.
This portraitback to top
With prodigious marketing skills Fisher managed her own celebrity status through carefully choreographed publicity stunts and painted and printed images. Collaborating with leading artists such as Sir Joshua Reynolds, and his rival Nathaniel Hone, she understood the way public exhibitions could generate a demand for her face, her body and her sensuality. When this portrait was exhibited, the Public Advertiser commented on 'a portrait of a Lady whose charms are well known to the town'. The artist has ingeniously attempted to indicate her identity: by her side a kitten is attempting to get fish from a goldfish bowl - Kitty Fisher.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Audio Guide
- Cooper, John, A Guide to the National Portrait Gallery, 2009, p. 31
- Gibson, Robin, The Face in the Corner: Animal Portraits from the Collections of the National Portrait Gallery, 1998, p. 44
- Kerslake, John, Early Georgian Portraits, 1977, p. 74
- Robin Gibson, Pets in Portraits, 2015, p. 73
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 218
- Schama, Simon, The Face of Britain: The Nation Through its Portraits, 2015-09-15, p. 306
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Face of Britain: Fame (14 September 2015 - 4 January 2016)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1765back to top
Current affairsGeorge Grenville is dismissed as Prime Minister. He is succeeded by Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham.
Isle of Man is brought under British control.
Stamp Act requires that printed materials in the colonies, such as legal documents and newspapers, are produced on paper made in London carrying an embossed revenue stamp.
Art and scienceNevil Maskelyne becomes Astronomer Royal.
Writer Samuel Johnson publishes his edition of Shakespeare.
Inventor James Watt makes a breakthrough in the development of the steam engine by constructing a model with a separate condenser.
Judge and politician William Blackstone publishes his influential work Commentaries on the Laws of England.
InternationalRobert Clive secures the rights for the East India Company to collect taxes in Bengal from Mughal Emperor Shah Alam.
American campaigners against the Stamp Act organise themselves as the Sons of Liberty in Massachusetts and New York.