"a porcelain figure of Polly Peachum"

Polly Peachum is a character in The Beggar's Opera written by John Gay in 1728.

It is a piece of musical theatre of the type known as a ballad opera. Ballad Operas have a satirical purpose; the focus of the satire in The Beggar's Opera is Italian opera.

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A film version of the opera was made in 1953 starring Laurence Olivier as Captain Macheath, and Dorothy Tutin as Polly Peachum: