Like many young girls of the period, Thomas Jefferson's granddaughters played with dolls and doll furniture, preparing them for their future roles as mothers and caregivers. With the assistance of their mother, Martha Jefferson Randolph, and family friend, Dolley Madison, the girls fashioned clothing from scraps of ribbon and fabric. Septimia Randolph, the youngest of Jefferson's granddaughters, stored her dolls, their furniture and clothing in a cupboard designed by Jefferson and built by enslaved joiner, John Hemmings.
The doll's head, bust, arms below the elbows, and legs below the knees are papier-mâché. The body is fabric. Made in Oregon. 15"h