since about Victorian times (roughly 1837 on)
"The Poor Victorians"...eventually I'll be posting on them, and child labor of course...Realistically , very few Victorian children were lucky enough to own a beautiful doll or live Jane Austen idyllic lives. The poor occupied 80% of Victorian England 's population, and were sadly ignored by the elite. Thank you for the You Tube link, it was very interesting... I love the beautiful and poignant painting.HugsMarta
You're quite right. But I often wonder if the strange way middle-class and upper class children were brougt up - like little adults and often limited contact with their parents explains a lot.Have you seen this doll in our Liverpool Museum:http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/online/exhibitions/childhood/Victorian_doll.aspI was always rather scared of dolls as a child but your blog has made me interested.
Thank you for the museum link, that is a beautiful example of a Jumeau. Very famous French manufacturer. Bru and Jumeau are the excellence in bisque dolls, I could never afford one.So many people are affected by dolls that way, my grown children included, "they are creepy looking..lol!" I look at them as history witnesses, especially these old dolls that have come down to us through the years. If they could only speak.
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