Martha Washington doll

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Description

This small doll, dressed and styled to look like Martha Washington, was probably made during the Colonial Revival.

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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

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Object Name

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Dated

From 1876 (after) to 1920 (before)

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Materials

» silk (fibre)
» cotton (textile)
» beads (pierced objects)
» lace (needlework)

Technique

» sewing (needleworking technique)
» embroidering

Production place

» United States of America

Dimensions

7inch

Object number

1972.174

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