I have a couple of literary obsessions that I collect things from: Lewis Carroll's Alice books, and Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol". Today's doll is Dickens most famous character, Ebeneezer Scrooge from "A Christmas Carol".
This Scrooge doll is a bit of a mystery to me. I got him at a doll auction, and I have no idea of the maker, or any other details about him.If anybody can tell me the maker, or the artist, I'd love to know. (It's pretty obvious he's Scrooge though!)
|I think his head and hands are porcelain. His body is stuffed, and his arms and legs are wired for some poseablility.|
|That nightcap doesn't stay on very well.|
He's in a sitting position,and I think his legs are bendable. so he might be able to stand up too.
He has nicely made clothing. His slippers are real leather, and as well made as real shoes.
I would love to have a wing backed chair to sit him in. I may have to make him one.
"A Christmas Carol" is one of my favourite stories, and we read it every Christmas Eve. At least, we start to read it. Everybody falls asleep on me before I finish. I collect different versions of the book, figures/dolls based on the characters,and watch every movie version of the story. One of my favourite versions is The Muppet Christmas Carol. Emma and I always say that The Muppet Christmas Carol uses more of Dickens actual lines and narration from the book than any other movie version we've seen. I bet you didn't expect that.
|Amazingly clear old photograph of the actual Charles Dickens.|
"A Christmas Carol" was written in 1843, following a lecture tour of America.
|"I am the Half Blood Prince..." Is J.K. Rowling a Dickens fan? A Snape-ish portrait of Dickens, painted during his 1842 tour of America.|
In any case, "A Christmas Carol" is phrased in Dickens beautiful words. We'll never know for sure if he intentionally ripped off the poor mill ladies.
Tomorrow we'll see another doll. We have 6 more days of Doll-A-Day, and then I'll be slowing down a bit. My commitment to Doll-A-Day was for a year, and that's coming to a close. I'll still be posting, but not every day. Check back to see the last 6 dolls of the year.