School days: Anne of Green Gables
Love it or hate it, there's no denying that "back to school" is in the air. Taking note of this singular season, Special Collections is pleased to present that plucky orphan girl of Prince Edward Island, Anne of Green Gables, here incarnated as a charming doll. Eager for school to begin and to connect again with "kindred spirits" she finds there, Anne wears a signature outfit of a moss green dress trimmed with lace topped by an auburn felt jacket with wood buttons and colorful stitchery. Authentic period details include muslin bloomers, petticoat and stockings of white mesh, and high-topped brown boots. A wide-brimmed straw hat covers her neatly braided red hair and she carries a slate board. She is definitely ready to go "back to school."
Enormously popular throughout the world since her first appearance in 1908, Anne recently was in the news again. It was reported that the newly ennobled Duchess of Cambridge (née Kate Middleton) wanted especially to visit Prince Edward Island during the royal couple's summer visit to Canada, because of her lifelong fondness for Anne.
Sixteen inches tall and crafted of porcelain and fabric, our "School days" Anne is from a series of limited edition dolls depicting her in various costumes, produced in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the original publication of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic novel. She is the gift of Special Collections' special friend and generous donor, Helene Whitson, who has a lively interest in all things related to Anne of Green Gables. The Whitson Collection contains not only two liimited edition dolls, but also coloring and cook books, music, a tea set, and paper dolls, showcasing Anne's diverse representation across formats as well as her tremendous appeal across generations.
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