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Artist Feature: Playing with Peg Dolls

Each month, Austen Adjacent features an artist/ crafter/ creator making bookish goods, whether Austen-themed or not. They can be creations inspired by literature or crafts created from books themselves; fan works created for their own enjoyment, or articles sold in small businesses.

This month’s feature is on Playing With Peg Dolls, a business based in Wisconsin that sells hand-painted peg dolls on Etsy.

One of my friends runs this shop, and I think she’s such a gifted artist! When I purchased some of her custom dolls as part of a charity auction, I knew I had to request some Austen-themed creations.

First is a doll of Jane Austen herself, based on a commonly used representation of Austen, in a blue gown and high collar with a frilled bonnet on her head.

The Austen doll family standing in front of the Alice Pattullo illustrated edition of Pride & Prejudice. From left: Jane Austen, Elizabeth Bennet, Fitzwilliam Darcy.

Then comes the iconic pairing of Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. These dolls were painted with the BBC miniseries version of the pair as inspiration (played by Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle). I love all the little details, from the buttons on Darcy’s shirt to the flowers and pearls in Elizabeth’s hair. It’s a perfect likeness!

Playing With Peg Dolls offers a large variety of beautiful doll designs, along with the option to request custom orders. I love how my doll family complements my collection of all things Austen.

Be sure to check out the Playing With Peg Dolls Etsy shop and to follow them on Instagram!