Elizabeth Bennet & Mr Darcy
My friend Terri sent me a photo earlier this evening of a beautiful Regency themed fan she made. Last week she was working on a Rococo themed fan using images of Marie Antoinette. I commented that using Regency images would look wonderful also, so she made one! I was wondering what doll to post, and I then thought why not a Regency doll, and better yet, why not the quintessential Regency couple, Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, the lead characters from Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice? Elizabeth and Darcy were created by Judy Frank, a doll artist from Arizona that specializes in period costume. I first met Judy in 1999, at a Barbara Peterson show, and I was just amazed at the beauty and attention to detail she puts into each of her dolls. Since then, I have added several of Judy's dolls to my collection, which I will be sharing with you in the future. I cannot remember which Barbie convention it was (I think it was 2005), but Judy placed first in a competition, and no surprise because she captured the essence not only of the period (circa 1805-1810), but the characters themselves.
Close up of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy