Long term readers of this blog will know that I'm a martyr to Pinterest. I pop in to 'research' a topic... maybe a vintage toy, or a costume style, or perhaps a theme, such as Alice in Wonderland, or Beatrix Potter... thinking I'll be in and out in 5 minutes, then 2 hours later I'm still there, but a million miles away from where I started.
So, having posted yesterday about wanting to make some child/toy combinations, I spent some considerable time during the evening, hunting out inspirational images.
As you do.
I've no idea how long I spent, but at the end of it I had a collection of dozens of illustrations, which I saved to a folder on my laptop.
Here are just a few of my favourites.....
Before the advent of photography, we had to rely on portraits for information on domestic life and in particular the lives of children. These Georgian and Regency girls above, with their dolls, offer a charming snapshot showing costume details and a variety of styles of their best loved dolls.
These early examples of Victorian photography capture much greater detail and the similarities between the styles of the girls and their dolls is striking.
I'd love to know what has happened to all of these dolls... perhaps they are languishing in attics or basements or gathering dust in doll collections, never to be played with again.
Eventually, inevitably, I got sidetracked and found some lovely costumes, which would definitely be a challenge to recreate in miniature.
Difficult.... but hopefully not impossible, so watch this space!