An image of The squire of Alsatia, model

Meissen

(Germany 1710 – )

The squire of Alsatia, model

Location
15th–19th c European art
Further information

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.

Year
1754
Media
Ceramic
Medium
hard-paste porcelain
Dimensions
14.6 x 7.5 x 5.5 cm
Credit
On loan from Kenneth Reed
Accession number
L2012.72