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Maria Foote (The Little Jockey)


Stock No: 002158


Height:  7 Inches / 18 cm


Reference: Myrna Schkolne Staffordshire Figures 1780 to 1840 Vol 2, Page 60 (Similar)


A fine and well-modelled early pearlware figure of a standing woman on a grassy mound, a portrait of Maria Foote as Arinette in ‘The Little Jockey’. She stands on a circular base with enamel red line running round the front edge, wearing a colourful jockey’s cap, jacket, waistcoat, jodhpurs, and riding boots, a riding crop held in her raised right hand. The source of this figure is a coloured theatrical portrait print, published by Orlando Hodgson, entitled ‘Miss Foote as the Little Jockey‘. The figure is one of the first contemporary portrait figures produced in the Potteries and was possibly made at the height of her popularity, it dates to c1830.

There are many different examples of standing jockeys that continued to be produced throughout the early Victorian period, it is my belief that although originally produced as a portrait figure, they continued to be made long after Miss Foote retired from the stage. With the popularity of horse racing increasing they were also made to reflect this popular sporting activity. The figure has a professional invisible repair to her raised right arm and a section of the whip has been restored, no other damage, repairs, or restoration.