National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Doll-- Doll--"General Grant"
Rendered by Rex F. Bush (artist), c. 1937
watercolor, gouache, and pen and ink on paperboard
overall: 51 x 38.2 cm (20 1/16 x 15 1/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 17" high
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Dolls from the Index of American Design
Object 12 of 26

Some of the most interesting dolls were modeled after famous personalities. This doll represents General Ulysses S. Grant of the U.S. Army. It was made in the 1860s for a woman in Cressy, Michigan. The relationship of doll types to historical events is particularly evident in this case, for the doll appeared at the time of the Civil War when General Grant was at the height of his popularity in the North. A variety of materials was used in making dolls during this period, including papier-mâché and rag. Papier-mâché was used for the head of the General Grant doll; the body is made of kid.

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