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Doll with cradle and layette

Doll with cradle and layette

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wax and textile

  • Museum number:

    MISC.88 to 90-1965

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

'Princess Daisy' was created to raise money to help the poor. The project was the idea of Henriette Amélie Jeanette (Amy) Grothe Twiss, of Hilversum in the Netherlands, who ordered an English baby doll by post, and set about having a lavish layette of clothes and equipment made for her. Mrs Grothe Twiss then exhibited Princess Daisy and her belongings at the Amsterdam International Exhibition of 1895, where she was awarded a gold medal and raised money for the poor by means of a state-run lottery. As nobody came forward to claim the prize, the doll and her belongings were then sold to someone who wished to do something similar in England. They were eventually given to the Duchess of York (later Queen Mary) for her young daughter, Princess Mary, but were lent to the museum for a number of years before being formally presented as a gift by Princess Mary in 1965.

Physical description

Wax doll dressed as a baby in a cradle with accompanying equipment including frocks, nightdresses, jackets, mittens, hoods, petticoats, diapers, vests, socks, sheets, pillowcases, feeding utensils and jewellery.

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Wax and textile

Object history note

'Princess Daisy' was created to raise money to help the poor. The project was the idea of Henriette Amélie Jeanette (Amy) Grothe Twiss, of Hilversum in the Netherlands, who ordered an English baby doll by post, and set about having a lavish layette of clothes and equipment made for her. Mrs Grothe Twiss then exhibited Princess Daisy and her belongings at the Amsterdam International Exhibition of 1895, where she was awarded a gold medal and raised money for the poor by means of a state-run lottery. As nobody came forward to claim the prize, the doll and her belongings were then sold to someone who wished to do something similar in England. They were eventually given to the Duchess of York (later Queen Mary) for her young daughter, Princess Mary, but were lent to the museum for a number of years before being formally presented as a gift by Princess Mary in 1965.

Descriptive line

Dressed wax doll, Princess Daisy, made in England in the early 1890s with a cradle and full layette

Subjects depicted

Cradles; Rattles; Sheets; Clothing; Children; Jewellery; Photographs

Categories

Dolls & Toys; Children & Childhood

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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