The models for this figure and a London courtesan (L2012.73), probably by Kändler and Reinicke, are based on prints after Marcellus Laroon in the ‘Cryes of the city of London’, published in 1711. The fashionably dressed ‘Squire of Alsatia’ was a notorious thief and trickster (some also say a pimp). He operated in an area of London known as Alsatia which, on account of its enjoying some immunity from the full force of the law, had become a hot-bed of crime.
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Richard Beresford, Eighteenth - Century European Porcelain in the Kenneth Reed collection, Sydney, 2012, 31 (colour illus.). cat.no. 37