Doll News Spring 2015 - (Page 14)

O by Laurie W. McGill nce upon a time a little girl was born in Cleveland, Ohio. The year was 1892 and the Victorian era was in its last decade. Children's literature was moving away from the staid Victorian stories that carried social morality lessons. In the stories spun at the turn of the twentieth century, children remained children throughout the book. They did not grow up and they were not bothered with real world matters. Animals and objects were often anthropomorphized and had adventures of their own. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Anne of Green Gables, The Wind in the Willows, Peter Pan, The Little Princess, The Secret Garden and Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit series were popular. This was the world in which Marian Foster Curtiss thrived as a child. Her favorite books were Wind in the Willows, Alice, Uncle Remus and those written by Rudyard Kipling. When she was but six months old, her family moved to Georgia. They lived in the country, not far from Atlanta. Her brother, Blair, her sister and she rode their bicycles along the dusty red clay roads, gathering blackberries and wild persimmons. Marian once reflected, "The house where I lived as a child was an old fashioned Victorian one. It was in what had once Marian Foster Curtiss was an artist for the Index of American Design. When visiting started to be a suburb, but for some reason museums in search of a subject, she the idea of the suburb had been given up especially liked the old dolls in their faded and everything allowed to go back to its elegance. She discovered this papiermâché doll in the Metropolitan Museum of natural wildness." Art, New York. Doll, c. 1936, watercolor, "In our backyard my sister and I had graphite, and gouache on paperboard, a playhouse. It was a tall wooden box 11-7/8" x 8-13/16" (30.2 x 22.4 cm), in which the piano had come. It stood Index of American Design 1943.8.15472. 14 SPRING 2015 between two fig trees. One had little purple figs on it and the other big green figs. We had doll chairs and sofas in it and a little black stove. Among other dolls was one called Wilhimena. She was a large rag doll which had belonged to my mother when she was a little girl. Wilhimena had shoebutton eyes and we were supposed to treat her with great respect." Marian chose drawing lessons over piano lessons, deciding the latter held more appeal. Neither was of particular interest to her, but soon, she grew to love drawing. Finding a friend who shared her interest in art, together they combined their modest allowances and sent off for a book on anatomy that they had seen advertised. Their art courses in school consisted mostly of copying the teacher's attempts at landscapes or covers of the Ladies' Home Journal and the Saturday Evening Post. They made charcoal drawings of plaster casts of the head of Julius Caesar and the death mask of Voltaire. But, the two friends, anatomy book in hand, aspired to portraiture persuading their unwilling playmates to model for them. Marian studied art at Sophie Newcomb College in New Orleans. Then she studied at the Art Students League in New York, and much later, she happily spent a winter in Paris at the Grande Chaumière. Her preferred medium was watercolor and gouache using a Chinese ink stick. New York was exciting to Marian. She was on the threshold of her art career and her first attempts to sell her work were exhilarating. One of her earliest jobs was to create small pen and ink headings for the woman's page of the New York Herald Tribune. Marian was paid for each drawing

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Doll News Spring 2015

From the Editor
UFDC Officers and Regional Directors
President’s Message
Conference Calendar
A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Members
UFDC Student/ Apprentice Judge Programs
UFDC Notice of Annual Meeting
A Dream Come True – UFDC’s 66th Annual Convention 2015
Fundraising Committee Report
Miss Flora McFlimsey’s Journey
Miss Flora McFlimsey Original Paper Doll
Fashionable Fair Females: Charitable Dress in Miniature
Artists in Wonderland – Featuring the Collection of Lynn Kublank
Out of Adversity
Shared Passions 2014 Special Exhibit Shared Passions
Shared Passions 2014 Special Exhibit The Many Faces of German Dolls
Shared Passions 2014 Special Exhibit The Executive Committee and Board of Directors
Shared Passions 2014 Antique Competitive Exhibit Part 2
Shared Passions 2014 Modern Competitive Exhibit Part 2
Corinne’s Creation – A Doll’s Legacy
The Silent Witness Doll
The Unbridled Spirit of Miss Rose Percy
From Germany with Love – The Story of Annette Hermann
A Civil War Tea and Doll Exhibit
A Tradition of Caring
The Work of Your Hands
Reviewing Resources
Club Notes
Member-at-Large Form
Slate of Officers
Getting to Know Our Regional Directors
Doll-ers & Sense
Donations
In Our Memories
News & Notes

Doll News Spring 2015

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