National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Puppet: Puppet: "Punch"
Rendered by Edward Strzalkowski (artist), c. 1937
watercolor, graphite, and pen and ink on paperboard
overall: 50.8 x 37.9 cm (20 x 14 15/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 25 1/2" high
Index of American Design
Not on View
From the Tour: Toys from the Index of American Design
Object 22 of 26

Toy makers have found numerous ways of animating their products, and puppets, activated by sticks or strings, are perfect examples of toys in motion. This is Punch, the villainous hero of the English puppet play, Punch and Judy, popular for a time in America. Dated about 1870, Punch has a carved wooden head and hands, fur wig, and an elaborate costume of velvet, corduroy, and cotton. The puppet is manipulated by means of a stick that extends into the head.

Full Screen Image
Artist Information

«back to gallery»continue tour