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Paper doll

Paper doll

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1832 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sanders Wilson, Anne (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Watercolour painted on card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Gillian M. R. Winter

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

These remarkable paper dolls illustrate fashionable, fancy, working class and occupational dress from the second half of the 1820s to the early 1830s. They complement a manuscript (T.360-1998), '>The History of Miss Wildfire'. This morality tale charts through the paper dolls the downfall of a 'fashion-stricken' young lady. After the death of her father, Miss Wildfire descends into poverty and is forced to earn her keep as a lacemaker. In the end she is 'redeemed' through marriage and conversion to Quakerism. The manuscript and presumably the dolls were given to Mary Wilson (1811-73) 'from her affectionate sister' Anne Sanders Wilson in October 1832.

Physical description

Paper doll, watercolour on card, in a pink evening gown in the style of 1825-1829.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1832 (made)


Sanders Wilson, Anne (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Watercolour painted on card

Object history note

Two sets of slightly different paper dolls each with one hat and eight different outfits (T.361:1 to 20-1998). One is in the style of the late 1820s and the other early 1830s.

The dolls and the manuscript (T.360:1 to 3-1998) were made for Mary Wilson by her sister Anne in October 1832.

Descriptive line

Paper doll, watercolour on card, made by Anne Sanders Wilson, London, 1832


Water-colour; Card




Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys; Fashion; Evening wear; Europeana Fashion Project


Textiles and Fashion Collection

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