• Short Summary

    Margery Atthill makes historical figures with beautiful and accurate period costumes.

  • Description

    Colchester, Essex.

    M/S of 16 inch doll dressed as Madame Pompadour in beautiful lace crinoline dress. M/S Margery Atthill at work on the bust of a model, sitting at home next to the fireside. She picks up a measuring stick and places it against the model. She reaches round and takes some brocade fabric from a cupboard behind her. She puts the brocade over the model, and then picks up a jam jar to beat the pleats of the fabric to soften it into drapes.

    C/U shot of a drawer being opened which contains small craft items, beads and fringing, and she takes out some beads. She is seen working on a figure of the Duchess of Bedford, stitching beads onto the skirt. She lifts the skirt to reveal detailed red stockings and underclothes. She holds the model upright. C/U shot of the kilt of a figure of Bonnie Prince Charlie, pan up to face.

    Next is a figure of the Queen Mother, with gold brocade skirt and detailed crown, a Victorian pedlar woman holding a basket with tiny objects, and models of Thomas A Beckett, and Richard II. C/U shots of Queen Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II, both with dresses with incredible detail in stitching and beadwork, inspired by paintings in national collections. Finally there is C/U of Charles I having his hair waved.

    Note : Her life's work is on display at an exhibition called 'Living History' put on in aid of the Save the Children Fund. There are two letters in the documentation file - Combined Print is missing.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:25:17:00 / 01:27:41:00
    CP 213

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