1757-59. Oil on canvas. 75 x 62 cm. Private collection. Read Note.
Kitty Fisher, Catherine Maria (‘Kitty’) Fisher (died 1767) was one of the most renowned courtesans in London. She was known for her beauty, brave horsemanship and wit. In 1766 she married a John Norris, and became known for her charity. She died the next year as a result of poisoning by lead-based cosmetics. She was a model for several painters, including Sir Joshua Reynolds, Nathaniel Hone, Philip Mercier and James Northcote. Her name is known to us from childhood due to the nursery rhyme “Lucy Locket lost a pocket, Kitty Fisher found it…”