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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1850-1851 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Montanari (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Poured wax, cotton, glass, human hair

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss H Roberts

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The Montanari family were among the best known UK producers of wax dolls in the Victorian era. (Richard) Napoleon Montanari (born about 1813) was a wax modeller; his wife Madame Montanari (born Charlotte Augusta Dalton in Grantham in about 1818) was a dollmaker who specialised in producing exquisitely dressed dolls; their elder son Richard Napoleon Montanari (born about 1840) was also a wax modeller and doll maker.

Like the Pierotti family, the Montanaris made a number of dolls representing royalty. This doll was bought in 1851 and shows the seventh child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Prince Arthur William Patrick Albert who was at that point the most recent addition to their family, born on 1st May 1850.

Physical description

Caucasian baby doll with poured wax shoulder head, lower arms and hands, on a body of stuffed white glazed cotton with wax over composition legs. The doll has blue eyes of glass, and inserted blonde human hair.

The clothing consists of a chemise, barracoat, petticoat, long gown, lace sacque jacket, lace bonnet, knitted wool bonnet and knitted wool socks.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1850-1851 (made)


Montanari (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Poured wax, cotton, glass, human hair

Marks and inscriptions

Montanari 180 Soho Bazaar
On body

This doll was bought at the Great Exhibition of 1851. It was given to Sophie Thursley by her mother when she was 10 years old.
On upper legs


Height: 60 cm, Width: 52 cm, Depth: 33 cm

Object history note

The doll was bought at the Great Exhibition by Mrs William Thursley, the donor's great grandmother, for her daughter Sophie (b 1840), the donor's great aunt. It represents Queen Victoria's seventh child and third son, Arthur, born May 1 1850. Gift of Miss H Roberts.

Descriptive line

Wax doll representing Prince Arthur, Queen Victoria's seventh child, as a baby; made in England by Montanari, 1850-1851


Wax; Cotton; Glass; Human hair


Dolls & Toys; Children & Childhood; Royalty; Great Exhibition


Museum of Childhood

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