National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Walking Doll Walking Doll
Rendered by Beverly Chichester (artist), c. 1938
watercolor and graphite on paperboard
overall: 49.9 x 38 cm (19 5/8 x 14 15/16 in.)
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Dolls from the Index of American Design
Object 26 of 26

In 1862, Enuch Rice Morrison obtained patents in both England and America for an "Autoperipatetikos," or walking doll. The walking mechanism was operated by a clock spring. The underside of the mechanism is illustrated at the upper left. It is encased in a wooden base attached to the doll with papier-mâché backwheel pivots. The heads of walking dolls were made in a variety of materials; this one is Parian bisque. The arms are of kid. The doll's black moiré dress is trimmed with black lace.

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