A portrait hanging on the walls of Swindon’s historic Lydiard House has been given a 3D creation in the shape of a doll.
Made by Barbara Boyle, a member of the Upper Thames National Association for Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS), the doll is modelled on the portrait of George Richard, 3rd Viscount Boling-broke, as a child that was painted by his mother, the society artist, Lady Diana Spencer.
Caroline Allington, Curator of Lydiard House said, “the doll is a beautiful recreation of one which might have been made in the 18th Century. We are extremely grateful to Barbara Boyle for her work. The doll is a lovely addition to the display in the blue dressing room, close to a pastel portrait of Lady Diana Spencer.”
Volunteers from the Upper Thames NADFAS have been actively involved in a number of projects with Lydiard House over several years and are responsible for the embroidered window seat cushions in all the state rooms. A group of volunteers are currently transcribing Lydiard documents.
Pictured top, NADFAS branch president Dodo Rawlings holds up the doll in front of the 3rd Viscount?s portrait, top, and Lady Diana, lower right.
Bottom, members of NADFAS with Sarah Finch-Crisp, keeper of the Lydiard House