About this doll by American Girl Pleasant Company . . .
This DOLL: Isabel of England, size 9.5 inches, was produced from 2002 to 2005. She is retired. American Girl worked with doll sculptor Helen Kish to create dolls from eight countries, each with her own story adventure. It was a project that pleased Helen Kish, according to the book Helen Kish: The Artist and Her Dolls by Louise Fecher (hardcover published in 2006). I am NOT affiliated with any doll company, creator or manufacturer. The vinyl doll has five (5) points of articulation (joints): at her neck, shoulders and hips. She can stand by herself.
EYES: Her eyes are hazel umber, a delicate mix of many transparent layers. She has fine eyelashes (upper & lower) and feathered eyebrows using varied colors.
The following information is from her story book and her box.
For twelve-year-old Isabel Campion, Christmas Eve is a day of bright, shivery happiness. At last she will see her beloved brother and hear of his exciting life as an apprentice to a spice merchant. How she longs for adventures and excitement of her own! Isabel dresses quickly in the chilly air, starting with a real farthingale, a petticoat that stands out stiffly from her waist. The bigger the farthingale, the more yards of expensive fabric neeeded to cover it - the wealthier the family. Isabel's bodice and overskirt are made from rich, soft velvet lined with gold satin, and her underskirt is silk jaquard. Her girdle, or belt, holds a mirror, keys, and a gem-studded pomander, filled with lavender to cover up the smells of the city and to protect her from disease. With her hair tucked into a snood, or hairnet, Isabel's starched lace ruffle frames her face, and calls attention to the gold and pearl jewelry that shows off her father's social standing. But Isabel has adventure, not social status in mind, and her determination leads her to the most rewarding - and dangerous - adventure of her life. Isabel comes with the book, Isabel: Taking Wing by Annie Dalton, Mark Elliott (Illustrator)
After removing all factory paint, I am using artist-grade alkyd-oil paints (in thin translucent glazes) with the addition of alkyd resin to make the paint surface become as flexible as the doll’s vinyl skin and to make it adhere well. I finely sand (Q-tip and finest pumice) the surface before painting it for better adhesion.
COLORS: Some computer screens may modify the color of the art. Some may make the image lighter or darker than it is. The doll has finer detail and more subtle coloring than a computer-jpeg-photo can show.