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Doll - Butler, 'Mr. Proudfoot', Kitchen, Dolls' House, 'Pendle Hall', 1940s Object Reg. No: HT 25807

Summary:
Male doll, known as Mr. Proudfoot, from Room 6 - Kitchen, Basement Central Section, Pendle Hall. Mr Proudfoot was the butler and with his wife Mrs. Proudfoot, the cook, the head servant in the household.

It was created by Felicity Clemons as part of a 40 project to create a grand fully-furnished Georgian style country dolls' house. The project began in the 1940's when Felicity's daughter, Antonia, was given a three-room dolls' house by her grandmother. Mrs Clemons was not happy with its scale or authenticity and so began a rebuilding project which resulted in a four storey grand house, now known as Pendle Hall. Although some items were purchased during shopping trips to Melbourne, the majority of furnishings were constructed by Felicity's own hands, using numerous reference books and magazines.
Description:
Four and a half inch articulated doll, hand carved in wood with painted face and wearing household butler clothes. He has a receding hairline, mutton shop sideburns and a thick moustache. He wears a green shirt, red cravat and blue vest with striped trousers. There is a stick attached to the back of the proper right leg so that the doll stands upright.
Acquisition Information:
Tax Donation, 2010
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 135 mm (Height), 57 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: dolls, crafts, doll houses, british history
Themes this item is part of: Pendle Hall Dolls' House, Pendle Hall Dolls' House - Room 6 Kitchen, Childhood & Youth Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Leisure Collection
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Dolls' Accessories
Tertiary Classification: dolls' houses
Maker: Mrs Felicity Clemons, Tasmania, Australia, 1940-1980

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