Royal Doulton dates back to 1815 when John Doulton went into a partnership of a little pottery on the banks of the Thanes. By the mid 1880's there were more than three hundred workers producing a range of high quality works that included vases, figures, and other ornaments.
Kate Hardcastle is the heroine of Goldsmith's comedy, She Stoops to Conquer, written in 1773, a spirited girl who masquerades as a barmaid. It is one of the few plays from the 18th century to have an enduring appeal, and is still regularly performed today.
Royal Doulton made several varieties of Kate Hardcastle (HN1718, HN1719, HN1734, HN1919, HN2028) which was created by premier designer Leslie Harradine, between 1938 thru 1949. But, this pattern color in blue is the rarest and most sought after. The height of the figure is approximately eight inches. It's in pristine condition.
There is no known or visible damage on this item that is not noted.