The Queen Anne Doll club.
How our (Members Only) Clubs Began
At the ODCG our members here are a diverse bunch. Our members demonstrate a passion and interest in many different doll types and as such we celebrate the differences and the similarities. In order to satisfy the needs of so many different interests, collectively we decided to start small satellite clubs with the members of similar interests.
The “Queen Anne Doll Project” was launched in October of 2002 by the ODCG guest speaker, Tess Parrish. Ms. Parrish is an American lace maker, collector and researcher, and by her own admission “not really a doll person”!
While living in Pennsylvania the current president of the Ottawa Doll and Collector Guild Pam Glew, met Tess Parrish at monthly meetings of the International Liberty Lacers Incorporated, or “Liberty Lacers”.
Ironically it wasn’t until the respective residential moves of both Pam Glew to Ottawa, Ontario and Tess Parrish to Falmouth, Maine that they discovered another mutual interest; and interest in dolls.
Pam was so impressed by Tess’s descriptions and pictures of her reproduction Queen Anne style doll that she persuaded Tess to visit Ottawa and present her doll. Tess was invited to share the Queen Anne style doll so that members of our guild make our own version.
Discovering a Love of Dolls
While researching a descendant–painter Charles Willson Peale–Tess came upon a portrait Peale painted of a young Ann Proctor holding a Queen Anne style wooden doll.
Note: The portrait of Ann Proctor can be seen at the Hammond-Harwood House museum in Annapolis Maryland.
Years later Tess was giving a talk in Boston, Massachusetts, on the subject of antique lace, when she noticed a doll. This doll was similar to the Queen Anne doll in the portrait.
Intrigued Tess began making notes and drawing sketches of the doll.
Tess’ extensive knowledge of textiles, lace and historical costume enabled her to create an accurate reproduction of a Queen Anne style doll.
Tess continued to work on this doll project for several years honing her skills. During this time, Tess had become a volunteer at the historic Tate House in Portland, Maine. Tess got an idea that her Queen Anne style doll could be a hands-on learning aid for young visitors.
Tess then created an entertaining story linking the doll’s fictional history with facts and dates about the childhood of Charles Willson Peale, and his siblings.