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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 fabric and decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Nancy Fletcher

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Creativity Gallery, case 14

Physical description

Male marionette figure representing an eastern boy (probably the Changling Boy) in the play, A Midsummer Night's Dream. It is jointed at the neck, shoulders, elbows, waist, hips, knees and ankles. The joints are all metal. The hands are missing. 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 is bare chested and wears purple silk shorts with a green waistband and yellow tasselled belt. The legs are bare and the feet painted black with pointed toes decorated with pieces of red fabric. The facial features are boldly carved and painted with red lips and large brown eyes. On the head is a yellow silk turban decorated with glass beads and an orange feather. The figure wears a diamante necklace.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1949 (made)


Glanville, Christine (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Carved and painted wood with fabric and decoration


Height: 28.3 cm including turban

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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