National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Doll-- Doll--"Hannah Hitch"
Rendered by Edith Towner (artist), c. 1940
watercolor and graphite on paper
overall: 35.6 x 26.7 cm (14 x 10 1/2 in.) Original IAD Object: 16" long
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Dolls from the Index of American Design
Object 19 of 26

This doll is named "Hanna Hitch." She is a black china-head doll made in Germany and dating from 1876. She has kid arms and a cloth body. The doll's costume is of gray-green alpaca with a plaid taffeta turban. Black china-head dolls are rare; the heads for such dolls were more often made of bisque or other materials. Germany was a leader in the production of china dolls, especially after 1870 when factory methods were introduced. A great number of china and bisque dolls in the nineteenth century came from Germany because dollmakers were being subsidized by the government and could sell the dolls cheaply.

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