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Doll in wedding dress - Mrs Powell Wedding Suit 1761

Mrs Powell Wedding Suit 1761

  • Object:

    Doll in wedding dress

  • Place of origin:

    England, Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1761-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    the Powell family (clothing, made)
    unknown (doll, made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    modelled wax, wood and cloth, glass eyes, human hair wig, figured silk, lace, wired net and cotton clothing

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Mr H.J. Powell

  • Museum number:

    W.183:7-1919

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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Physical description

Doll, wax head and forearms with cloth torso and legs. Human hair wig, inset glass eyes, wearing a white figured silk sack backed gown with full elbow ruffles over wide panniers and petticoat trimmed with lace and ruffles in the same fabric, cap of wired and stiffened net and lace. Hand-written paper label attached to underskirts.

Place of Origin

England, Britain (made)

Date

1761-1800 (made)

Artist/maker

the Powell family (clothing, made)
unknown (doll, made)

Materials and Techniques

modelled wax, wood and cloth, glass eyes, human hair wig, figured silk, lace, wired net and cotton clothing

Marks and inscriptions

Mrs Powell Wedding Suit 1761

Object history note

Laetitia Clark (born 1741) dressed 13 dolls between 1754 and 1814 in miniature fashionable outfits of the day using fabric from her own clothes. To accessorise the dolls she also collected miniature furniture and household utensils. This doll was dressed to represent Laetitia's wedding outfit, worn in 1761 when she married David Powell, a London merchant, at St Botolph's, Bishopgate, London. The couple continued to live in that area, and one of their sons was the grandfather of the founder of the Boy Scouts, General Sir Robert Baden-Powell. Further dolls - dressed by the granddaughters and great-granddaughters of Laetita Powell - were added to the collection up to 1911.

The collection both illustrates the styles of dress of the period, the fabrics available, and the types of dolls that were available.

Descriptive line

Doll, wax and cloth, dressed in white figured silk sack-back wedding gown and petticoat

Materials

Silk; Wood; Glass; Wax; Human hair; Glazed cotton

Techniques

Doll-making

Categories

Clothing; Children & Childhood; Fashion; Dolls & Toys; Marriage

Production Type

Unique

Collection code

T&F

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