National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Wooden Doll Wooden Doll
Rendered by John Tarantino (artist), c. 1939
watercolor and graphite on paper
overall: 31.9 x 20.9 cm (12 9/16 x 8 1/4 in.) Original IAD Object: 6" high
Index of American Design
1943.8.16902
Not on View
From the Tour: Woodcarving from the Index of American Design
Object 22 of 26

A fine example of a child's toy is this wooden doll made of pine. In the long history of doll-making, wooden ones were among the first to be produced in any quantity. This doll comes from New Hampshire where it was probably created about 1790 by a carver living in a Swiss settlement. The unpainted, natural wood has a smooth and beautifully grained surface. The doll's dress and shoes are carved in the wood.

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