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Dolls' house - The Drew House

The Drew House

  • Object:

    Dolls' house

  • Place of origin:

    England (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1860 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


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  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Homes Gallery, case 1 []

This house was made in the early 1860s for the Drew family, hence the name. Some repair and restoration has been done to it. Many of the furnishings were manufactured by the important firm of Schneegas of Waltershausen in Germany who specialised in making quality dolls' house furniture. The house contains all the original furnishings and occupants. The kitchen is well stocked and has an up-to-date closed oven instead of an open range which would have been more usual for its time.

Physical description

The house has three storeys, with a removable front façade. There is a flight of three white wooden steps leading to the front door. The woodwork is white, the side walls beige. The front façade as a pedimented door flanked by two sash windows on the ground floor, three sash windows with separate pediments and a balcony on the first floor and three sash windows on the second floor. The two side walls each have three sash windows, the lower two on the right hand side (as you face it) being blocked in. The roof is pitched and grey, with a white chimney. The interior has four rooms; a dressing room and bedroom, both with red wallpaper on the second floor, a green and gold wallpapered sitting room on the first floor, and a brown, white and beige wallpapered kitchen. All but one of the second floor windows have curtains.

Place of Origin

England (probably, made)


1860 (made)



Materials and Techniques



Height: 166.5 cm, Width: 79 cm, Depth: 69 cm

Descriptive line

Dolls' house known as the Drew House probably made in England about 1860

Labels and date

This three-storey dolls’ house has simple architecture and large deep rooms to fill with furniture. It is named after the Drew children who first owned it.

Most of the tiny knick-knacks were made in Germany and sold in British toyshops. Some things were already quite old-fashioned by this time, such as the hastener used in the kitchen for cooking meat.




Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys; Dolls' houses


Museum of Childhood

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