kit-cat

/kit"kat'/, n.
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 in. (71 × 91 cm), characteristically portray the head, upper torso, and hands, and are now in the National Gallery, London.
Also, kit-kat.

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  • kit-cat — 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • kit-cat — n. (in full kit cat portrait) a portrait of less than half length, but including one hand; usu. 36 x 28 in. Etymology: named after a series of portraits of the members of the Kit Cat Club, an early 18th c. Whig society …   Useful english dictionary

  • kit-cat — noun a canvas of a standard size (typically 36 × 28 in., 91.5 × 71 cm), especially as used for a portrait showing the sitter s head, shoulders, and hands. Origin C18: named after portraits of members of the Kit Cat Club, an association of Whigs… …   English new terms dictionary

  • kit cat — n. standard size canvas (71cm x 91 cm or 28 in x 36in) used for portraits that show the head and shoulders and hands of the person who is sitting …   English contemporary dictionary

  • kit-cat —   a.,n. not quite half length (portrait) …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • Kit-Cat Club — /kit kat / 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. Also, Kit… …   Universalium

  • Kit-Cat Club — /kit kat / 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. Also, Kit… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Kit-Cat Canvas — See Canvas (Artists) …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • Kit-Cat Club — The Kit Cat Club (sometimes Kit Kat Club) was an early 18th century English club in London with strong political and literary associations, committed to the furtherance of Whig objectives, meeting at the Trumpet tavern in London, and at Water… …   Wikipedia

  • Kit-Cat Klock — A newer model Kit Cat Klock The Kit Cat Klock is an art deco novelty style clock. The clock is manufactured in the shape of a black cat and is hung on a wall. The tail swings as a second hand and eyes move back and forth to give illusion of it… …   Wikipedia

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