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“Old Cuddly” – a marvellous Admiral Collingwood doll 17 May, 2010

Posted by Molly Joyful in Art, Cuthbert Collingwood, Letters, things you don't need but probably want.
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Apologies for the hiatus; I’m back and you can expect regular updates again. Book reviews, a review of the official festival brochure, assorted bits and pieces – be surprised!

But first I’d like to share with you a truly unique and amazing piece:

(Just call him “Old Cuddly”…)

This is not a doll to play with (theoretically. Practically, Old Cuddly already won a fierce battle against a Dalek (pictures may or may not follow). It was created by British artist Teresa Thompson, who’s specialised in historical costume dolls. Considering the scale of the dolls, the details are simply amazing. Epaulettes, sword, pigtail – it’s all there. And while Teresa doesn’t portrait faces, she still caught our admiral perfectly.

Now I only need to find a 1/12 scale “Bounce”, and “Old Cudd(l)y” will be ready to set sail.

Here you can see the admiral posing in front of a fourth edition of his collected correspondence. With a bit of luck, he might share with us which parts were edited by Mr. Newnham Collingwood…

If you’d like to see more of Teresa Thompson’s work (and purchase it!), please visit her website:


Prepare to spend a lot of time there, though – it’s a collector’s paradise!



1. Nana - 17 May, 2010


2. Jen - 17 May, 2010

I’m glad you’re back – I had nowhere to share my excitement about getting to read an actual letter actually written by Collingwood, and it was hard!

(Not only for that, though :) )

Molly Joyful - 25 May, 2010

Aw, I’m sorry I’ve been away. I wish my days had 48 hours, then I might get all the things done that I want to do. I’m catching up with everything at the moment, also with your report. I’d love to see one of Collingwood’s letters one day, or his journal. :-)

3. ShipRat - 20 May, 2010

What beautiful work.
Careful, the next urge may be for a 1/12 scale Royal Sovereign.

“Old Cuddly” – language that would make a sailor blush. ;-)

Jen, more please about the adventure of the actual letter.

Jen - 20 May, 2010

Far too much detail about the whole day is here:
http://community.livejournal.com/anything_aos/83951.html (see under Board Room for the letter)

It was his reply to Trinity House in Newcastle, when he had been made one of their honorary brethren after Trafalgar – very definitely in his own hand, with the lovely curly ‘d’s :)
Definitely the best part of my day, although it was all good (apart from hurting my foot at the end of it).

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