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An extraordinary paper doll�s house enhanced here by evocative photographs of Miss Otis�s late 19th-century life, which will delight lovers of art and interior design as well as children In 1884, a remarkable twelve-year-old girl made a paper doll�s house. While these were fashionable enough at the time, they were usually drawn and painted. Miss Sarah Elizabeth Birdsall Otis, however, chose the medium of collage: scraps of wallpaper, gilded trim, colored-in cut-outs of furniture, and engravings from mail-order catalogs, all glued down unselfconsciously in book form with no regard for scale or realism. What makes the album so special is its creator�s stunning, innate artistry. She also populated her house with paper dolls, their delightful cut-out costumes preserved in envelopes marked with the names of the characters and their accessories stored in paper squares marked �Hats and Bonnets� or �Umbrellas and Parasols.� Eric Boman�s photographs capture Miss Otis�s vivid fantasy world in all its quirky splendor. Exploring the household, from the conservatory, parlor, and library to the dining room and bedrooms, the images portray a domain of astonishing color and aesthetic daring. Context is provided by period photographs depicting the era of Miss Otis�s privileged Long Island life. The twelve-year-old girl grew up to become a formidable personality, a playwright, and a president of the Girl Scouts. Here, her youthful creativity is celebrated in a format guaranteed to appeal to adults and children alike. 80 illustrations in color and black-and-white

Paper Doll's House of Miss Sarah Elizabeth Birdsal

  • Author

    Eric Boman
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  • Publisher

    Thames & Hudson
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