Toys, Companions of a Child's Fantasy

A Timeline

Toys in Works of Art 

The Seven Ages of Man
From a page of a Flemish religious manuscript of the fifteenth century.

    The illustrations on the border show children playing with;

  • windmill

  • whip and top

Gold Snuff-box of Louis XV

From enameled panels by unknown eighteenth century artist.

    The illustrations on the boxes show children playing;

  • on the left a girl with a battledore and shuttlecock

  • on the right a boy holding a whip and top

The Children of Count Carl Gustaf Wrangel
From a painting by the Swedish court painter David Klocket Ehrenstrahl

    Children emulate the military triumphs of their father. The toys in the painting are;

  • hobby horse

  • windmill

  • drum

The Family of the Duke of Osuna
From a painting by Goya in about 1786

    The boys play with;

  • hobby horse

  • small wheeled carriage


La Gouvernante
From a painting by Chardin in the eighteenth century

    The boy is shown with;

  • battledore

  • shuttlecock

Le Bon Genre

From one of a series of stylized engravings published in France in 1820

The instinct for imitation of a girl with her doll copying her mother with her baby.

The Vaughan Boys

From a painting by Robert Edge Pine 1780

    The boys play with;

  • yo-yo

  • whip and top

Albert Edward, Prince of Whales
From a lithograph of a painting by Winterhalter

    Prince Albert Edward was later known a Edward VII. He poses with;

  • ball

  • one of the oldest toy shapes

Little Girls
From a photograph by an unknown artist about 1860

    Two little girls in similar dress pose with their toys;

  • doll

  • rocking horse

Ancient Dolls

Doll Houses

Ancient Toys

Dolls of this Century

 Toys in the Middle Ages

Paper Dolls

Toys During the Renaissance

Dolls of the 1800s

Teddy Bears

The History of Toys

 Toys of the Twentieth Century

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