any of a series of half-length portraits of members of the Kit-Cat Club that were painted by Sir Godfrey Kneller between 1702 and 1717, measure almost uniformly 28 × 36 inches (71 × 91 cm), characteristically portray the head, upper torso, and hands, and are now in the National Gallery, London.
club founded by Whig politicians in London, 1703; so called from Christopher (“Kit”) Catling, keeper of the tavern on Shire Lane, near Temple Bar, in which the club first met. Meaning “a size of portrait less than half length” (1754), supposedly is because the dining room in which portraits of club members hung was too low for half-length portraits.
- Kit-Cat Club
[kit-kat] /ˈkɪtˌkæt/ noun 1. a club of Whig wits, painters, politicians, and men of letters, including Robert Walpole, John Vanbrugh, William Congreve, Joseph Addison, Richard Steele, and Godfrey Kneller, that flourished in London between 1703 and 1720.
n. colloquial shortening of kitchen, attested by 1919. Sometimes also an erroneous spelling of kitsch. kitchen
[kich-uh n] /ˈkɪtʃ ən/ noun 1. a room or place equipped for cooking. 2. culinary department; cuisine: This restaurant has a fine Italian kitchen. 3. the staff or equipment of a kitchen. adjective 4. of, relating to, or designed for use in a kitchen: kitchen window; kitchen curtains. 5. employed in or assigned to a […]
/ˌkɪtʃɪˈneɪlɪə/ noun 1. cooking equipment and other items found in a kitchen