Thought you might like to see some shots of inside my dolls’ house. It’s still a work in progress: the poor children have no bedding on their beds and the Belfast sink still hasn’t been assembled. I want to make a new family of dolls to live there too, and as I enjoy making the dolls more than anything else, that will probably be the first job to get done.
Beatrice and Benedick from Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”.
Anna Delaney/Salish from the series Taboo.
Having visited this exhibition during the summer of 2016, I just had to go back at the end of the opening season to get a closer look. On that second visit I was lucky enough to have the place almost to myself.
Across two rooms within its own building in the grounds of Newby Hall near Ripon in North Yorkshire, the exhibition combines two collections, those of Jane Fiddick and Caroline Hamilton. Caroline has also published on the subject of dolls’ houses.
The exhibits range from very large mansions to small room boxes, and include both modern and vintage items. They include the curators’ own much loved childhood playthings. I was particularly drawn to some of the larger houses, which I can only aspire to having enough space for. There is also a mini Miss Haversham made by one of my all time favourite doll artists, Jamie Carrington.
A section of the exhibition also showcases some very fine artisan work in miniature, which has to be seen to be believed. Other highlights include a Japanese miniature house and moving miniature automata.
Entrance to the exhibition is included with a garden ticket which also grants access to the wonderful grounds, teddy bear collection, sculpture area and children’s play areas. Entrance to the hall is extra and by guided tour only, but I would recommend it if you have time. There is ample parking and a very good restaurant, which was well sampled by myself and my other half!
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The latest addition to my collection of royalty.
Found this while researching George IV. I absolutely love that banyan coat.
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As well as stock items for my shop – here – this week I have completed my latest monarch doll, poor little Edward VI.