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Queen Victoria’s Wooden Dolls

Stories of a Royal Childhood

A look at the early life of one of British history's most celebrated monarchs through her unique childhood hobby.

Queen Victoria is often seen as a stately and solemn figure, in mourning for her beloved husband Prince Albert. But behind the somber portrayal hides a lesser-known story of a spirited, creative, and highly imaginative princess. The only child of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, she lived a lonely existence in Kensington Palace until she ascended the throne at the age of eighteen and moved to Buckingham Palace. With the help of her devoted governess, Victoria spent many childhood days creating a “family” of 132 small wooden dolls dressed in miniature finery. The tiny figures have come to symbolize her isolated childhood and her longing for sibling companionship, but they also illustrate her patience, colorful imagination, and gift for storytelling.

In Queen Victoria's Wooden Dolls, Kim Marsland tells the story of these charming figures, illuminating qualities of the young princess that would stay with her during her long reign as queen.

112 pages | 70 halftones | 5 3/4 x 8 1/4

Art: Art--General Studies

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