Beatrice is named for Beatrice Harraden, a writer born in London in 1864. Her debut novel, "Ships That Pass In The Night" was published in 1893. A love story set in a tuberculosis sanatorium, I imagine to be quite the tear jerker...a 'la "Love Story." Not certain I could get through reading it. Beatrice wrote 11 novels, and was heavily involved women's rights, publishing her work in the suffragette paper "Votes For Women". She passed from this world in 1936.
My little Beatrice is made from paperclay over a cloth body, is handsculpted and wears a completely handmade frock of glazed cotton in a lovely deep shade of madder red.
She's got a lovely petticoat with tiny pintucks and lace, drawers (what self-respecting little gal wouldn't?) and painted striped stockings with little handsculpted balmoral boots.
Beatrice is for sale on ebay, and if anyone cares to give her a good home, she'd surely appreciate it! She's all dressed for Valentines, so she is of course under the impression she's going to some big fancy party... so I hope someone takes pity on her and she doesn't suffer the horrific dreaded female condition of 'all dressed up and nowhere to go'. Besides, if she doesn't sell, I'm just gonna stick her in a drawer and forget about her. I tend to be rather neglectful of little dolls who, through no fault of their own remain trapped in my nest.
Thanks so much for looking, and please, as always...pardon my incredible lack of photography skills.