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Set of paper dolls in box with lid: A Boston Lady and her Children

American
about 1855


Dimensions

H x W (Box): 22 x 16.4 cm (8 11/16 x 6 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

51.2338.1-37

Medium or Technique

Paper

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Recreational

Boxed paper doll set: mother and children. Paper doll set in thirty-two parts with two stands in a box with a lid.

51.2338.1-Illustrated box lid, printed with “B” at the top, then “The Boston Lady and Her Children / the most Beautifull in the World / In a variety of Beautifull Costumes” showing mother and young boy and girl and flower border

51.2338.2-Box bottom, blue/pink cardboard

51.2338.3-Brown hair with blue bow and long ribbons

51.2338.4-Head with blue and white bonnet and blue bow

51.2338.5-Back of head with beaded hair ornament

51.2338.6-Head with green and pink flowers and pink bonnet

51.2338.7-Head with gray bonnet and green and red flowers

51.2338.8-Young girl’s head with blonde curls and blue flower garland

51.2338.9-Head with blonde hair and blue garland with pink bow

51.2338.10-Head with fur or feather hat and blue had with long ribbon

51.2338.11-Head with blue hat with yellow rim and pink flowers

51.2338.12-Young boy’s head with brown hair and black hat with blue feather and pink bow

51.2338.13-Young boy’s head with brown hair and gray hat with white feather

51.2338.14-White lace or embroidered (wedding?) dress with two floral sprays and yellow gloves (front and back)

51.2338.15-White lace or embroidered (wedding?) dress with yellow gloves, one hand holding Bible and other a blue handkerchief (front and back)

51.2338.16-Wedding veil back (probably matching above dress)

51.2338.17-Blue and black striped dress with large lace engangeants and one hand holding what look like spectacles while other holds handkerchief (front and back)

51.2338.18-Green gown with lavish petticoat featuring gold phoenix or peacock embroidery and blue and red flowers all over, one hand holding red fan(?) (front and back)

51.2338.19-Brown dress with white pleated shirt, gray or lavender gloves and right hand holding green parasol (front and back)

51.2338.20-Red dress with black lace trim with hands folded in front wearing blue gloves (front and back)

51.2338.21-Pink dress with red fringe trim, wearing yellow gloves, right hand holding blue fan (front and back)

51.2338.22-Girl’s white dress holding colorful flower garland overhead, red shoes (front and back)

51.2338.23-Girl’s blue dress with black or brown coat, holding embroidery frame and box (front and back)

51.2338.24-Girl’s red and white dress and blue coat with dog and flower basket (front and back)

51.2338.25-Girl’s red dress with green jacket holding doll in blue and yellow dress (front and back)

51.2338.26-Boy’s skating costume of green pants, red military jacket, blue cape and gold sword (front and back)

51.2338.27-Boy’s costume of white pants and brown, blue, and red painting smock, holding portfolio or drawing board (front and back)

51.2338.28-Boy’s drummer costume, red pants and blue jacket with drum (military camp in background) (front and back)

51.2338.29-Boy’s gardening costume of short black pants with red and yellow stripe, white shirt, holding shovel and spray of pink flowers (front and back)

51.2338.30-Young girl doll standing on pink carpet with green shoes (front and back)

51.2338.31-Young boy doll with green shoes

51.2338.32-Adult female doll standing on brown carpet

51.2338.33-Adult female doll standing on pink carpet

51.2338.34-35: Two black round wooden doll stands

51.2338.36-37: Two reddish wood doll stands, half-moon shaped

Provenance

Gift of Miss Aimée Lamb and Miss Rosamond Lamb of Milton, Massachusetts to the MFA, September 13, 1951.

Credit Line

Gift in memory of Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb