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Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and the changing status of women in the 1920s

Dora Webb (1886-1973)

Diana Meditating c.1923

RCIN 927481

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Dora Webb’s portrayal of the goddess Diana imagines her at rest, meditating. The attenuated forms of an idealised mythological figure have been replaced by the limbs of a more solid and grounded individual, perhaps based on drawings after a real artist’s model with studio props. A member of the Royal Miniature Society, Dora Webb contributed ten watercolours to Queen Mary’s collection in the Dolls’ House, with subjects ranging from topographical views and horses, to royal portraiture.