Who was Lucretia? According to Ovid’s Fasti and Livy’s History of Rome, in 509 B.C.E., the son of the king of Rome raped Lucretia, and she committed suicide out of shame. “The Rape of Lucrece,” a poem by Shakespeare, and Baroque art revived the tale. In earthenware figures, Lucretia’s face is concealed to indicate her shame.
The figure’s design source is not known, but if you have any doubt that she is indeed Lucretia, cast your eyes on the titled version below, marked Wedgwood and thus also made in the late eighteenth century.