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-Kat Club
[kit-kat] /ˈkɪtˌkæt/ noun 1. . [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.
[kit-ling] /ˈkɪt lɪŋ/ noun, British Dialect. 1. the young of any animal, especially a young cat; kitten; kit.
knotty, a city of Zebulun (Judg. 1:30), called also Kattath (Josh. 19:15); supposed to be “Cana of Galilee.”
[kich] /kɪtʃ/ noun 1. something of tawdry design, appearance, or content created to appeal to popular or undiscriminating taste. /kɪtʃ/ noun 1. n. 1926, from German kitsch, literally “gaudy, trash,” from dialectal kitschen “to smear.” What we English people call ugliness in German art is simply the furious reaction against what Germans call süsses Kitsch, […]