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

E Thornton Clarke (active 1920s)

A mother and child c.1923

RCIN 926894

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The theme of Mother and Child is explored in a variety of ways by the Dolls’ House artists. E. Thornton Clarke’s watercolour takes the form of a faux oval painting with gilded frame, common to miniature portraiture since the early sixteenth century. Like many of the drawings and watercolours in the Dolls’ House, it reflects a conservative taste and sentimental outlook prevalent in the Edwardian period.