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Doll

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1740 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    carved wooden doll with glass eyes, gesso and painting, wearing silk, linen, cotton, lace, and leather clothing

  • Museum number:

    W.42:6-1922

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Doll, carved wood with gesso and paint, inset glass lozenge eyes. Blonde human hair wig. Wearing a plain blue silk round gown which laces up the back and has an applied lace stomacher, leading strings attached to shoulders. Lace-edged shift. White quilted linen petticoat, corded linen petticoat. Pink knitted silk stockings with cream clocks. Red leather shoes.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1740 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

carved wooden doll with glass eyes, gesso and painting, wearing silk, linen, cotton, lace, and leather clothing

Object history note

The unnecessary leading strings on the doll's dress act as a mark of independence, suggesting the doll represents a young girl rather than a fully grown lady. This doll has been fully restored by V&A conservation.

Descriptive line

Doll, carved wood in blue silk dress

Materials

Wood; Gesso; Glass; Paint; Silk; Linen; Lawn; Lace

Techniques

Woodcarving; Doll making

Categories

Dolls & Toys; Children & Childhood; Clothing; Accessories

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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