|Wingy Wing Foo
From Harper's Young People, 12/7/1880.
Author of poem: C. A. D. W.
The doll illustrated is clearly Japanese--note the toes. However, his name is faux-Chinese.The description in the poem is purely physical (and meant to evoke physical repulsiveness)--yellow skin, almond eyes, shaven head--but also moral: he is "bright" and feels deeply his "sad fate" of being far from home. There is no mention of his being Japanese.
For a doll who looks quite a bit like Wingy, see the Y-do-I puppet.
Harper's Weekly, 1881, US
The famous Harper's image of Santa with a Japanese doll under his arm.
|The M.P.'s Daughter
Illustrated London News, 1885, UK
A. M. Rossi (this may be the same artist as illustrated Madame Chrysanthème)
"Politics in the Nursery: The M. P.'s Daughter Addressing the Electors," i.e., 3 dolls, one of which is a fine Ichimatsu. The girl might be a portrait; very short boyish hair.
The picture has interesting political implications, since Britain was one of the countries most eager to ally itself with Japan. Like the girl dolls, however, who would not be given the vote for 35 years, the Japanese doll is an unlikely "elector."
|The Japanese Dolls
In this poem by Clara Dolliver the Japanese dolls come alive at night to speak. The lady doll speaks about her grand ideas of herself, and the three Japanese babies talk about fun and play.
"With dollies of rank and grace,
Illustrated poem, no signature
St. Nicholas magazine, 1887
|"Among the Japs"
Louis Wain, 1888
Illustrated London News 12/29/1888; The "Truth" Doll-Show merits a large full-page spread with four ichimatsu (wearing Western shoes, though) taking up about an eighth of the total. Also three fancy blondes labelled "3 little maids from school," evoking the popularity of Gilbert and Sullivan's play The Mikado.
Louis Wain became famous for his cat paintings and illustrations. He seems to have the faces right but he put shoes on these dolls.
Illustration, magazine, 1891, France
La Mode Illustree magazine, 11/29/1891
Features a "geisha doll" in the midst of a fantasia of child dolls riding horse, lamb, etc.
|Print (framed), artist unknown, 190-, US
Laughing child holds brightly dressed ichimatsu. Doll has shoes.
This may in fact be a magazine illustration or some kind of premium.
|The Music Lesson
Little girl gives a music lesson to "Jappy" in a brief vignette called "The Music Lesson": no author, no illustrator, published in The Santa Claus Story Picture Book (M.A. Donohue & Co., Chicago, New York, no date). The book was given as a gift in 1927, but it seems to be a collection of materials from an earlier period (perhaps public domain).
|The Jappy Doll
anon. illustration to a poem by Clifton Bingham (d. 1913)
This poem has two illustrations, which present the Japanese doll stylized with an extremely large spherical head; in the picture at right the doll also has very slanting eyes, though not in the other drawing. Nevertheless, the jointed feet and "jolly" quality of the dolls evokes actual Japanese dolls, and fits the poem's theme of affection for "Jappy."
The poem with illustrations was printed in several colelctions; this copy comes from the same book as "The Music Lesson," above.
|Nora Has Her Dolls to Tea
Illustration by Edith Scannell (fl.1870-1903), US
"Nora" is placed as if to illustrate "Tramp and Trinkets Abroad" by Mary Catherine Crowley, in a collection called Hop o' My Thumb published by Lothrop, Boston (no date). There is no Nora in the story, which is about little Flo, her doll, and her dog, travelling around the world. They do visit Japan and there is an interesting description of the Doll Festival. However, the illustrations there (apparently by another artist) are disappointing, in that they do not show any festival dolls, just more ichimatsu. (see right).
|Auld Lang Syne
Illustration by John Richards, St Nicholas Magazine, 1890s?, US
Comic image of Japanese doll leading old toys in chorus, "Should old acquaintance be forgot?" to little girl with new blonde dolly.
|Little Folks' Speaker
Frontispiece, artist unknown 190-?US
Frontispiece of collection of recital pieces shows mother and 2 children (?) admired by an audience of 2 dolls, one Japanese--only the tops of the dolls' heads show.
|Whose Dolly Is You?
Mary Sigsbee Ker
This poem was published in a magazine but the date is
not evident. The hostile attitude of the baby to the Japanese doll
no author, artist
A lovely illustration from a 10-page booklet of similar
children's verses and illustrations. Dated by an advertisement on the back.
|The Tea-Set Blue
St. Nicholas Magazine
This poem takes up the theme of the multicultural doll family, enumerating the imagined reactions of each toy to the prospect of a tea party. Among these,
The Japanese doll from overseas
Victorian-looking girl in blue dress pours tea at adult table for 4 dolls, including one Japanese.
|Jessie Wilcox Smith (American, 1863-1935)
Woman's Home Companion 7/12
Beautiful cover with baby holding a small ichimatsu, by one of the most famous of American children's illustrators.
Susan B. Pearse (British, 1878-1980)
Beautiful illustration of the number 3. Probably a birthday
card or counting book.
For more of Susan B. Pearse's pictures with Japanese dolls, my Susan B. Pearse page.
|Who Ate the Dolls' Dinner?
John Martin's Magazine, Nov. 1920
Two illustrations (no name in evidence for the illustrator) to a story in which a Japanese doll figures. The doll has no name but is designated as the "Japanese maid" of the "Lady doll." This recalls the role of Bel San (and the Dinah doll) in Binkie and the Bell Dolls. The story emphasizes the idea of the little mother who washes, bakes, etc. for her doll "children."
|Annie Benson Muller
Lovely cover of The Modern Priscilla 12/22 showing a toddler girl in a fur hood. Note how yellow he doll's skin looks comparted to the baby's, and how exaggerated the slant of the eyes is (whereas actual Japanese dolls tend to have eyes set in a straight line and simple arched eyebrows).