National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Doll on Velocipede Doll on Velocipede
Rendered by Mina Lowry (artist), c. 1936
watercolor, graphite, and gouache on paper
overall: 29.2 x 22.9 cm (11 1/2 x 9 in.) Original IAD Object: 8 1/2" high; 7" long; 3" wide
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Dolls from the Index of American Design
Object 25 of 26

The 1860's began a golden age for dolls. It was also during this decade that some interesting changes in doll-making occurred and a number of new patents were obtained. Before 1860, for example, dolls were not jointed and therefore usually not able to sit down. This charming mechanical doll of the early 1860s mot only sits on her three-wheeled iron velocipede, but strikes the bell in front of her as the tricycle moves. The rear bell chimes with the forward movement. The doll is dressed in a black velvet jacket, a silk blouse trimmed with white lace at the neck and sleeves, and a pink and white striped skirt. Notice the jaunty til of the satin military-style hat adorned with pink ribbons and braid.

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