Martha Washington doll
This small doll, dressed and styled to look like Martha Washington, was probably made during the Colonial Revival.Full description »
This small doll, dressed and styled to look like Martha Washington, was probably made during the Colonial Revival. This movement – that began in 1876 – saw Americans trying to recreate the colonial period in a desire to protect traditional values.
Men and women dressed in colonial costumes or adapted elements of colonial dress to modern clothing. A popular pastime among women was to hold Martha Washington tea parties. As the First Lady of America, Martha embodied the values of America’s golden age.
'She illustrates a beguiling mix of naivety and accomplished needlework. Tiny amounts of degraded, but still beautiful, old fabrics and a certain degree of creative needle sculpture result in a face full of character and a well proportioned body, dressed to suggest the late eighteenth century.' Lynne Roche, Roche Dolls
From 1876 (after) to 1920 (before)