The Liverpool version of this model was probably based on the Chelsea model, in turn based on the French 17th Century earthenware original of the Palissy and Fontainebleau potters.
See Bernard M. Watney, E.C.C. Transactions, vol. 7, pt. I for the attribution of the figure to Chaffer's factory; see also Watney, Liverpool Porcelain of the Eighteenth Century (London, 1997), p. 118, no. 468, for a coloured version of this model, sold at Sotheby's, New York. Another coloured version of the model, also with an incised numeral 2, was in the Rous Lench Collection, sold Christie's, 30 May 1990, lot 444.