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Portrait doll - Princess Anne

Princess Anne

  • Object:

    Portrait doll

  • Place of origin:

    USA (made)

  • Date:

    1953 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thompson, Martha Darwin (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    bisque, cotton

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Bisque shoulder head and lower limbs, stuffed cloth body, moulded and painted blond curly hair, blue eyes with black upper and lower lashes (these are small than on the other doll) and light brown brows; feet designed to represent coral pink strapped shoes and white socks; wearing a fine white lawn cotton dress with red smocking, petticoat and knickers; decorated with lace; all pieces fasten with press studs, however, dress is stitched at back.

Place of Origin

USA (made)


1953 (made)


Thompson, Martha Darwin (designer)

Materials and Techniques

bisque, cotton

Marks and inscriptions

MDT 1953
shoulder plate


height: 9 in

Object history note

The dolls were given to The Doll Club of Great Britain in the late 1950s.

Historical context note

Martha Darwin Thompson began making dolls in 1942 and continued until her death in January 1964. She was a charter member of the National Institute of American Doll Artists, formed in 1962. Her first dolls were made of soap with cloth bodies, but she soon progressed to using porcelain and many of her dolls were made of flesh coloured bisque. She made many portrait dolls but is equally well known for her Pedlar Dolls and those representing the Little Women characters.
These two dolls were designed to commemorate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. However, Martha Thompson did various other portraits of Prince Charles and Princess Anne as children.

Descriptive line

Princess Anne as a girl, by Martha Thompson, 1953, USA

Production Note

Attribution note: Martha Thompson designed these dolls together with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in celebration of the Coronation in 1953
Reason For Production: Commemorative


Bisque; Cotton



Production Type



Museum of Childhood

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