Girl in a Swing

English (London)
about 1749–59
Made at Charles Gouyn's Factory (St. James's, London, 1749–1759), Formerly known as Girl-in-a-Swing Manufactory


Overall: 15.2 x 17.8 x 12.7 cm (6 x 7 x 5 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Soft-paste porcelain

On View

Alan and Simone Hartman Galleries (Gallery 241)





Group in white; girl swinging with arms outstretched on a swing suspended between tree-stumps with leafy branches.

The short-lived London factory of Charles Gouyn specialized in porcelain sculpture, including this figure of a girl on a tree swing, its best-known model.


By 1924, probably Alfred Hutton, London. Stoner & Evans, London (dealer) [see note 1]; By 1930, Frank Stoner, Stoner & Evans, sold to Richard C. Paine, Boston [see note 2]; 1953, gift of Richard C. Paine. (Accession date: June 16, 1953)

[1] See letter from Frank Stoner, June 14, 1932, in museum file. [2] According to museum files, Richard C. Paine first gave the figure to the MFA in 1930. Following a return to him and the dealer Frank Stoner, in order to review the figure's production, Richard C. Paine made a gift of the figure to the MFA again in 1953.

Credit Line

Gift of Richard C. Paine