Dollhouses Inspired by the Regency and the Georgian Age

01 Darcy closeupDollhouses are not for children. At least this is what the Georgians thought. When dollhouses first emerged in the 17th century, they were women’s play things, elaborate pieces filled with expensive or rare miniature objects. Only the rich could afford them. By the 18 century, dollhouses often were created as an exact copy of a person’s home, featuring even identical furniture.

Creating dollhouses is still a treasured hobby today. Among the most skilled creators are Caroline Hamilton and Jane Fiddick from Britain. They are also collectors. Their amazing collection of about 70 dollhouses is on permanent display at New Hall in Yorkshire. When visiting the exhibition this year, I couldn’t tear myself away from the charming settings. I was especially delighted by the many 18th century themed dollhouses. They feature scenes that could have sprung from a Jane Austen novel, and one of them is a copy of Newby Hall itself.
I have compiled a selection of photos of these admirable miniature buildings and their inhabitants for you to enjoy.

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A Georgian family scene

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Music room – perfect with miniature candles and chandelier

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Making the bed: the servants’ world

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Fashionable in the 1770ies: the Chinese Room


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A full view of “Best House” and its gorgeous scenes

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Lovely detail: armchair with book and candles, perfect for a rainy day

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Every detail is amazing. Did you notice the riding boots?

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Supper is ready


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An accomplished young lady

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Bed room of “Adam House” – inspired by Newby Hall

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Drawing room of “Adam House” – inspired by Newby Hall

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Marble Hall of “Adam House” – inspired by Newby Hall

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The Georgian Box Room copied from a room by architect Wlliam Kent at Hatton Gardens

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I believe he proposes to her. What do you think?

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Regency room in the fashion of the 1820ies



Newby Hall, Dollhouse Exhibition, Skelton-on-Ure, Ripon HG4 5AE, UK

2 thoughts on “Dollhouses Inspired by the Regency and the Georgian Age

  1. wonderful! I love dolls houses and miniatures. I keep threatening to make a Georgian one, maybe I’ll even get around to it. Maybe I should theme it on one of my books!

    • Oh, please do theme it in one of your books. Dollhouses are an excellent inspiration for plot-bunnies: Two gentlemen competing for a lady by giving her the most exquisite furniture for her dollhouse or a secret message hidden in the bedcover of the miniature bed….

      Thanks for dropping by!

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