Nancy Wiley’s Alice in Wonderland – Dolls and Book Work Together as Art

Nancy Wiley's Alice in Wonderland Doll

Alice in Wonderland Doll by Nancy Wiley

Although I mostly collect vintage and antique dolls, I have a small collection of modern Alice in Wonderland dolls which started when my daughter portrayed Alice in a local production of Alice in Wonderland. One of my favorite dolls from this small collection is Nancy Wiley’s Alice. This doll was released in 2009 by Nancy, and she is part of a small collection of dolls (including the Queen of Hearts, White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat) that Nancy used to illustrate her Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland book.

The doll stands 10 inches tall, and she is painted with oil paints, so that the doll is not only a doll of Alice in Wonderland, but also a

three-dimensional portrait painting of her.  The doll is made of non-traditional materials, including

Katie Van Patten as Alice

Katie Van Patten as Alice in Wonderland

burlap for Alice’s hair. Alice’s clothing is also sculpted and painted.

The doll was produced in a limited edition of 200 dolls and is valued at original retail of $350.  Nancy Wiley has been making dolls since 1990. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and a member of  the National Institute of American Doll Artists.

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