A Royal Connection
olls are not objects that have been owned exclusively by
the wealthy and entitled few. They cut across cultural,
religious and class boundaries and are truly universal in
that way. However, the dolls that were owned by the royal children
of privilege are documented both in paintings and in photographs
and in that way have survived through both the historical
signiﬁcance of their owners and the public's fascination with them.
Taking a journey through several centuries of images of royal
children and their beloved dolls allows a peak into the respective
times in which these royal children live. It tells of the culture
of the era both politically and socially and also gives a pictorial
history of the evolution of the doll.
Some dolls only survive in existing paintings. The earliest
known painting of a doll is one that pictures the children of
King Philip, painted in 1502. King Philip was also known as
Philip the Handsome and he was the ﬁrst member of the house
Above: The earliest painting known to exist of a child
holding a doll was created in 1502 and is part of a portrait of
the three eldest children of Archduke Phillip the Handsome.
Left: An almost two-year-old Lady Arabella Stuart posed
with her doll for this portrait circa 1576.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Doll News Summer 2014