Well known to paper doll fanciers for her charming and whimsical animal renderings, artist Evelyn Gathings reveals another side of her remarkable talent in this delightful volume of old-fashioned paper dolls. Two appealing and realistic children, direct from the mid-Victorian era, will enchant collectors and paper doll fans alike.
Two dolls and 24 costumes (all based on actual dress of the period) display the artist's characteristic attention to detail, careful research, and warm and whimsical touch. Wide-eyed and adorable little Emily comes with a lovely pink ruffled and pleated party dress, a rose-trimmed ballet costume, a beribboned and lace-trimmed recital gown of deep aqua, a fur-trimmed red coat, and eight other captivating outfits. Gerard's wardrobe includes a dramatic black coat trimmed in red for his role as a pirate in the school play, a dapper gold-trimmed officer's uniform (to lead his toy soldiers into battle), a smart blue-and-white sailor suit, a fur-trimmed, blue-gray skating outfit, and eight other costumes.
Also included are numerous colorful period accessories — parasols, purses, nosegays, hats, swords, shovel, bucket, kite, violin, toy drum and boat, dolls, tea set, and more, as well as several charming illustrations of birds, animals, and butterflies.