A fine oval enamel plaque by William Hopkins Craft, circa 1770
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A fine oval enamel plaque by William Hopkins Craft, circa 1770
Sold for £1,125 (US$ 1,890) inc. premium
Lot Details
A fine oval enamel plaque by William Hopkins Craft, circa 1770
Brightly painted with Poor Maria, the young lady in neo-classical dress seated beneath a tree, holding a dog by a leash and with a pipe to her right, a distant town in the background, signed W.Craft, 10cm high


  • The source is taken from a print after the painting by Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807). The original painting was sold at Christie's on 6th July 2007, lot 169. This plaque depicts the heart-broken Maria from Laurence Sterne's A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy, first published in 1768:

    'When we had got within half a league of Moulines, at a little opening in the road leading to a thicket, I discovered poor Maria sitting under a poplar. She was sitting with her elbow in her right hand: - a small brook ran at the foot of the tree... She was dressed in white, and much as my friend described her, except that her hair hung loose, which was before twisted within a silk net. - She had superadded likewise to her jacket, a pale green ribband, which fell across her shoulder to her waist, at the end of which hung her pipe. - Her goat had been as faithless as her lover; and she had got a little dog in lieu of him, which she had kept tied by a string to her girdle...'

    William Hopkins Craft (1730-1811) was the brother of Thomas Craft, a painter at the Bow porcelain factory. William was partnered with David Rhodes whilst they were both employed by Josiah Wedgwood as enamellers in London. Craft's celebrated British Worthies plaque from the Mort and Moira Lesser collection was sold in these rooms on 19 October 2011, lot 168

Saleroom notices

  • Please note there are some restored chips to the left edge of the plaque, not mentioned in the catalogue.
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