Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Doll-A-Day 236:Royal Doulton Friday's Girl and the Last of My Corn 'Field'

  Today's doll is a Royal Doulton doll called Friday's Girl.

She's an 11" tall Nisbet doll, based on the illustrations of Kate Greenaway.
Her head and hands are made of what is called Parien bisque, a super smooth, pale bisque meant to resemble marble.

She's from a series of dolls made in 1982.

They were based on the illustrations by artist Kate Greenaway, and the poem Monday's Child:
Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living,
But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day
Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.
The poem was first published in 1838.

Kate Greenaway was born in London, England, in 1846. After producing illustrations for magazines, she published her first successful  book, "Under the Window" in 1879. She also illustrated editions of Mother Goose, The Pied Piper,and her alphabet book, "A is for Apple". She became one of the most successful children's book illustrators of her day.

Those suits the little boys are wearing are called 'skeleton suits'!
Her work was so popular that she was shamelessly imitated, and dolls, children's clothing, wallpapers, and other goods were based on her artwork.She died of breast cancer in 1901, at the age of 55.

  I pulled up the last of the corn stalks today. Tammy World helped bring in the last of the harvest...

These were the last ears left on the stalks, other than the ones downed by corn blight. They are just her size!

I saved them for daughter Emma, who has always had a love of Baby Corn since she was tiny.


  1. My grandmother gave us "The Friday's Girl" in a glass and wooden display box. It has been in her house on display for 30 plus years. We have no desire to keep it. Do you know of anyone who would be interesTed in it?

    1. I don't know. They don't seem to sell well, inspite of what nice dolls they are, and the popularity of Royal Doulton and Kate Greenaway. I can only suggest you contact a doll dealer who might be interested in buying it, but don't expect to get much for it.


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