National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Doll-- Doll--"Betsy"
Rendered by Eugene Croe (artist), c. 1937
watercolor and graphite on paper
overall: 45.5 x 33 cm (17 15/16 x 13 in.) Original IAD Object: 6" high
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Dolls from the Index of American Design
Object 20 of 26

This doll is one of the loveliest of the so-called "milliner's models." The term is actually a misnomer, for such dolls were meant to be used as toys. Many early nineteenth-century paintings show children holding such dolls. There may have been actual milliner's models before the toy doll of that name came into use, but we do not know how close the resemblance between the two may have been. This doll is dated about 1834. The costume is simple and beautifully made; the hairstyle is that of a young girl of the period. Pantalettes are typical for this sort of doll.

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