National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Doll-- Doll--"Belle Hervey"
Rendered by Edith Towner (artist), c. 1937
watercolor, graphite, and pen and ink on paper
overall: 35.6 x 27.2 cm (14 x 10 11/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 18" high
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Dolls from the Index of American Design
Object 24 of 26

This beautiful wax doll of about 1871 is named "Belle Hervey." She has real hair embedded in her wax head. This was an expensive process, characteristic only of luxury dolls. Belle's arms and legs are also wax, while her torso is made of cloth. Her eyes are glass. The overdress with postillion is of black taffeta trimmed with pale pink silk ribbon and black lace; there are pink buttons on the basque, or bodice, and the shoes are bright red and buttoned. Her underclothes are trimmed with bands of tucked muslin and lace; there is a pink edge on the dainty lace hose.

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