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Doll

Doll

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1900-1908 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Peck, Lucy, born 1846 - died 1930 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wax and calico

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss P. J. Stewart-Bain

  • Museum number:

    MISC.22-1964

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The doll maker Lucy Peck ran a highly successful retail business called The Dolls' Home, which opened in Regent Street in London in 1893. The shop sold novelties and toys as well as dolls. The Lucy Peck mark on a doll does not necessarily indicate that she created it, because she sold other makers' products in her shop and also repaired dolls. This doll not only carries the Lucy Peck mark but also has the firmness of expression which she often gave to her baby and toddler dolls, in contrast with contemporary sentimental imagery.

Physical description

Doll representing a young Caucasian child, with a poured wax shoulder head, lower arms and hands of poured wax, on a calico body, straight legs and feet; the hands have the thumbs free and the fingers marked. The doll has short smooth blonde hair inserted with knife cuts, and fixed eyes of white and blue glass which look downward and to its right beneath brown eyebrows. The closed mouth has red painted lips, and each nostril has a red dot. The wax arms are attached with white cords and the shoulder head with white cotton tapes, the holes for the fastenings being reinforced with metal eyelets.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1900-1908 (made)

Artist/maker

Peck, Lucy, born 1846 - died 1930 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wax and calico

Marks and inscriptions

MRS. LUCY PECK/ THE DOLLS' HOME/ 131, REGENT ST./ LONDON, W. (as recorded at acquisition); around edge probably DOLLS AND TOYS OF ALL DESCRIPTIONS REPAIRED (as quoted in 'The Collector's Encyclopedia of Dolls Volume Two')
Maker's identification; front of body; stamping; ink

Dimensions

Height: 51.1 cm

Descriptive line

Child doll with wax head and blonde hair, made by Lucy Peck in England between 1900 and 1908

Production Note

Mrs Peck's stamp on the body, although now much faded and virtually impossible to read, is recorded at the time of acquisition (21/08/1964) as "Body stamped with mark of Mrs Lucy Peck, The Dolls' Home, 131, Regent Street, W". As the lease on these premises expired in 1908 and Mrs Peck re-opened at 215 High Street Kensington, it suggests that the doll dates from 1908 or earlier. It is highly unlikely that the curators in 1964 would have known Mrs Peck's address from any other source than the doll's body.

Materials

Wax; Calico

Subjects depicted

Child

Categories

Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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