|Judy, circa 1900|
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The Victoria and Albert Museum
A couple of weeks ago, we looked at a jolly Mr. Punch in a golden suit. I found the little fellow most charming and appealing. He was once operated by "The Norfolk Comedian," Will Judge (1882-1860) who was billed as a "Refined Comedian and Patterer." Judge is best known in East Anglia and England's northern lands where he was a pantomime star known for his "Dame" portrayals. At no point, does any record of Judge's life, as I mentioned before, contain a reference to his career as a Punch & Judy Man, yet, Judge's son donated a stunning set of puppets to the V&A. Judge the Younger suggests that his father worked with these puppets, but, still, no record can be found.
Nonetheless, she's a pretty Judy, yes?
The glove puppet sports a carved wooden face with painted brown eyes and is crowned with hair of white wool. She has been adorned with an emerald green skirt of silk and a floral cotton blouse. Her apron is of white broderie anglais with a cream cotton lace trim upon her bonnet.
She is said to have been made in the early Twentieth Century.