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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1949 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Glanville, Christine (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved and painted wood with sewn fabric

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Nancy Fletcher

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Male marionette figure representing one of the fairy characters (probably Oberon) in the play, A Midsummer Night's Dream. It is jointed at the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, hips, knees and ankles. The joints are all metal. There are small metal attachments for the strings on the head, back, upper arms and thighs, with holes in the hands for similar attachment. There are several pieces of black stringing remaining. The figure wears a collection of green fabric leaves around the lower body and has a large purple cloak attached to the back and right wrist. The arms, legs and feet are bare. The facial features are boldly carved and painted with orange lips and blue eyes. The hair is made from lilac coloured thread.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1949 (made)


Glanville, Christine (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Carved and painted wood with sewn fabric


Height: 37.5 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: An early example of Christine Glanville's work

Descriptive line

Painted wooden marionette puppet made in England in 1949

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

The Puppet Master, the Journal of the British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild, Vol. 3 No. 1 January 1950

Production Note

Christine Glanville was working with her parents, Mr and Mrs Fletcher, at this time

Reason For Production: Exhibition


Wood; Paint; Thread; Metal; Silk


Carving; Painting; Sewing

Production Type



Museum of Childhood

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