Trying on for the Doll's Dressmaker

Trying on for the Doll's Dressmaker

Marcus Stone

Wood engraving by W. T. Green

14.5 cm high x 9.4 cm wide

Stone's illustration for Book 3,"A Long Lane," Chapter 2, "A Respected Friend in a New Aspect," reverts to the oddly sympathetic figure of the child-adult, the doll's dressmaker, Jenny Wren, who has great ladies unwittingly "try on" the dresses that she is making in the latest society fashion for her dolls. In other words, in a neat bit of class reversal, she exploits the rich and powerful as an extension of her art, using ladies of fashion for her models as the novelist uses people of his acquaintance as the raw material for his characterisations. As Jenny Wren explains to Riah just after they have crossed London Bridge and seen some of her wares in the window of a toy-shop,

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