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View of an open dolls' house

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1880 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Crane, Walter R.W.S., born 1845 - died 1915 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen and ink and pencil on card

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Pen and ink and pencil drawing on card of a dolls' house with its door open to reveal a partial view of two rooms inside. In the upstairs room four female dolls have a tea party. The lower room is a kitchen. A scullery maid doll stands outside the dolls' house; a miniature dustpan and brush rests on the edge of the dolls' house floor. The open door to the dolls' house can be seen to the right of the dolls' house beyond which is a room with an armchair and table in a lattice bay window. In the foreground, in front of the open dolls' house is a coal scuttle full of pieces of firewood. The drawing is highlighted in white within a pencil border.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca.1880 (made)


Crane, Walter R.W.S., born 1845 - died 1915 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pen and ink and pencil on card

Marks and inscriptions

'From the Library of Anne Renier and F.G. Renier'
Bookplate on verso

Initialled in pencil by Anne Renier on verso

'Drawn by my late Father / Walter Crane R.W.S. / signed Lionel F. Crane'
Pencil inscription on verso


Height: 304 mm Whole, Width: 242 mm Whole

Object history note

Drawn by Walter Crane, ca.1880. Bequeathed to the V&A in 1970 by Anne and Fernand G. Renier as part of the Renier Collection.

Descriptive line

Pen and ink and pencil drawing by Walter Crane, ca.1880.


Card; Pen and ink; Pencil



Subjects depicted

Toys (recreational artifacts); Lattice windows; Parties; Dressers (cupboards); Dolls; Bay windows; Tables (support furniture); Kitchens; Interior views; Tea parties; Armchairs; Coal skuttle; Fire-wood; Domestic interiors; Dollhouses


Drawings; Illustration; National Art Library

Production Type



National Art Library

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