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"Lena Rivers" doll with brown hair. Female doll is wearing a bodice, skirt, four petticoats, pantaloons and black stockings (see 2000.501-.508ab). Tan leather gloves atached to stubs at ends of arms.
This doll, made of porcelain and cotton, was hand made in France in 1862. It belonged to Grace Aspinwall Bowen (b. 1850), Henry and Lucy Bowen's second oldest daughter. Grace named the doll Lena Rivers after the main character in one of her favorite books, Lena Rivers by Mary J. Holmes. The Bowen children's governess, Edna Dean Proctor, carefully crafted clothes for Lena Rivers from the remnants of Grace's dresses.
20 x 6 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of Charlotte Woodbury Spencer and Grace Woodbury Stone
Title Bowen family papers Accession Number