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Puppet - Mrs. Cratchit

Mrs. Cratchit

  • Object:

    Puppet

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1979-1980 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Grant, Frances (made)
    Grant, Peter (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Epoxy resin, obeche, paint, cotton, jersey. Suspected use of human hair.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Peter and Frances Grant

  • Museum number:

    S.936-2011

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This marionette of Mrs. Cratchit, wife of Bob Cratchit, was one of twenty-three marionettes made by Peter and Frances Grant for their production of A Christmas Carol,adapted by them from Charles Dickens' novel for their touring company The Theatre of Marionettes. The Grants started their company in the 1960s and worked with it all over Britain and Europe

The bodies of the marionettes were sculpted by Frances Grant from obeche, a tropical type of wood well-known for its lack of splinters or resin, while the faces, hands and feet were sculpted by her using epoxy resin. Peter Grant dressed all the figures, using a wide range of fabrics and techniques for their costumes and their props.

Physical description

Marionette of Mrs. Cratchit, wife of Bob Cratchit, legs and body of obeche, face and hands from epoxy resin, painted white and dressed in a floral dress and grey apron. It is operated by a wooden control and 7 strings.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1979-1980 (made)

Artist/maker

Grant, Frances (made)
Grant, Peter (made)

Materials and Techniques

Epoxy resin, obeche, paint, cotton, jersey. Suspected use of human hair.

Dimensions

Height: 50.8 cm, Width: 21.0 cm across body, arms to his sides, Depth: 10.0 cm back of head to tip of nose

Descriptive line

Marionette of Mrs. Cratchit, wife of Bob Cratchit, made by Peter and Frances Grant and used in their puppet play A Christmas Carol, adapted by them from the novel by Charles Dickens. Given by Peter and Frances Grant.

Materials

Human hair

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure; Children & Childhood

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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