The male figure is thought to represent Garrick in one of his Levantine roles, possibly in Tamerlane.
For similar pairs in colours see the examples in the V & A from the Schrieber Collection and the collection of the London Borough of Newham, see Anton Gabszewics,Made at New Canton, Bow porcelain from the London Borough of Newham, touring exhibition April 2000-January 2001,catalogue p. 87, no. 74. A white version of the actress is also in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and a similar version of the actor is published in An Exhibition of The Yarbrough Collection of Bow Porcelain at the London Theatre, at Albert Amor Ltd., 11th March 24th March 1999, catalogue, p. 8-9, no. 2.