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Dolls' house - The Henriques House

The Henriques House

  • Object:

    Dolls' house

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1750-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Lady B. R. F. Henriques

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On short term loan out for exhibition

This house is known as the Henriques House because it was bequeathed to the museum by Lady Henriques. It is a model of a typical Kensington or Belgravia town house, found in long rows of elegant terraces. This house was made in the 18th century but we do not know whether it was made for a child or an adult. Most of the contents were left to another collection and as a result the house is quite sparsely furnished.

Physical description

This is a model of a large townhouse with four storeys, the basement being below pavement level. The front has been carved to represent bricks. The back and sides are plain. The roof is flat with a pediment above the front central bay. The front façade has three bays. The two outer ones have two sash windows each per floor. The central one has a front door reached by stairs which is flanked by two wooden pi1lars which support a balcony. There are French windows on the first floor. The second floor has two pedimented sash windows. Iron railings surround the front of the house at pavement level. Inside there are nine rooms. The top floor has two bedrooms and a sitting room; the firs floor has a small dining room and large sitting room; the ground floor two further sitting rooms while the basement has a scullery and kitchen. The front façade is winged and padlocked. The house is wallpapered and furnished and all rooms have fireplaces.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1750-1800 (made)



Materials and Techniques



Height: 147 cm, Width: 101 cm, Depth: 66 cm

Descriptive line

Doll's house known as the Henriques House made in England during the eighteenth century




Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys; Architecture; Interiors


Museum of Childhood

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