James, the clerk

Standard

1:12 figure
roughly using a Holbein painting for inspiration

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The year is now 1616, the Holbein painting is 1532. Fashions change, but some clothes don’t change so much.  Though his shift sleeves seem to have shrunk with the passing of the years

Really nothing like the painting for oh so many reasons, but it was great fun trying to fit the items into the space and adapting the clothing for the Nicky Bott figure.  I find it’s an incredible way to learn more about a painting and general history.

Process of making

He was still sitting in his shift and I decided to do the hat (don’t ask).

Hat trouble

He also looked too silly in a full sugarloaf hat of the period so I settled on an impression of a very shallow, wider version of one.

Head needs turning

Dressed but not booted

More like leather gaiters
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Waiting for his clerk’s gown to cover the horrible brief tacking around the jerkin sleeve heads

Clerk’s gown coming up

This I made ‘on the hop’, cutting and draping as I went, all the time trying to keep in mind an academic gown of some sort, particularly for the sleeves.  Each sleeve is two separate pieces and the gown dips down longer at the back. Working with black material and black thread always takes me so long to do.

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How’s that? At least he looks comfortable

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At one point I tried to add rings to his left index finger

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Now he looks cheeky

Ready for the office

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Looking a little more business-like

The working day

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The office is next to the boy at the window

 

 

theinfill – the infill – Tudor, Elizabethan, Jacobean Dolls House Blog - tale of two offices - 1:12 figure of James the clerk

and here we have life going on in this part of the house – office is down at bottom right

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