He Would Have Been 525 Year Old.

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Henry VIII of England.

28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547.

Henry VIII : six marriages, was the key figure in the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church, in the Dissolution of the Monasteries and in establishing himself as the Supreme Head of the Church of England.

“He was responsible for the death of his two wives, twenty peers, four leading public servants, six close attendants and friends, one cardinal and numerous abbots.”

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Henry was given everything: a peaceful and happy childhood, unchallenged succession to the throne, good health, courage, charisma, energy, intelligence, terrific learning abilities, a brilliant education, rare talent in poetry, music and dance.

Certain historians believe Henry VIII to be merely a victim of various court intrigues and political schemes against him. However, if we must look at him as “a victim” it would be more accurate to say that he was a victim of his own character i.e. his selfishness and a strong yet blind belief in his own infallibility.

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Doll

Created:  2008.

Height: 29 cm (without a hat).

Material: air-hardening sculpting material, wire, fabric.

Costume: three layers of clothing.

© Text and visuals created by IRINA GORELKINA

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In Honour of Queen Victoria’s Birthday.

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Queen Victoria (24 may 1819 – 22 January 1901) – Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Impress of India. The last monarch of the House of Hanover.

She was born to be a Queen, she was raised to be a Queen, and she did everything to stay a Queen.

During her reign she earned names like “The Widow of Windsor”(after her husband death) and “The Grandmother of Europe”(because through the marriages of her children she was related to nearly all royal families of Europe). 

Queen Victoria was an incredibly paradoxical figure.

She was beautiful, earnest, egoistic. She was terrifically stubborn and at the same time easily manipulated. She liked flattery and her Prime Minister Disraeli practically built their relationship using this weakness of hers.

She symbolized the epoch of new values and social achievements but did not accept them.

She was an icon of motherhood but hated pregnancy and childbirth.

She had nine children and forty two grandchildren but felt herself uncomfortable in the presence of kids.

She desperately wanted to be free and even sent her mother away after becoming a Queen. But very soon she proposed to her first cousin and married him.

She did not want to share the rule of the country with her husband but later she said that “We women are not made for governing”.

She was the first monarch who travelled by train but was completely indifferent to the technological innovations which dramatically changed everything around.

She was a woman but opposed giving women the right to vote.

There were seven attempts on her life (1840-1882) but they only increased her popularity.

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Doll “Young Queen Victoria”

Created: 2010

Height: 23 cm (sitting position, without the crown)

Material: pigmented wax, wire, fabric

Costume: three layers of clothing

© Text and visuals created by IRINA GORELKINA