5” Young boy playing dress up or anticipating his destiny! NIADA Artist Dorothy Hoskins, well-known for her exacting and life-like miniatures, created this charming Little Spanish Soldier of the “1500s". He dons a detailed and extravagant medieval doublet, breeches, and over the knee boots! Metal helmet and sword complete his ensemble. Her one-of-a-kind pieces, this one direct-sculpted bisque from 1994, are even more enticing when seen magnified! Dorothy’s achievement of scale is mind-blowing, as seen here, not only in the doll’s sculpt, but of his clothing and accessories, as well. And that face-the infectious grin is accentuated by 6 tiny and perfect teeth- all in a 5" doll! Can you imagine his thoughts of exploring a New World as seen in the far off gaze this amazing artist has accomplished? Dorothy never missed anything-the metal sword fits into the Soldier’s life-like clenched grip, and she even gave him a stone to rest his relaxed leg upon, and a wooden base with stand. But then realize he is also entirely articulated on a wire armature body and swivel neck on bisque breastplate on cloth with bisque limbs! Written on feet bottom- “94” and “DAH©”, written on stand bottom “Little Spanish Soldier © 1994 Dorothy Allison Hoskins one of a kind Direct Sculpted porc”. 1994
What We Love About This Doll- Dorothy was not only a good friend, but she had it all as an artist- the ability to sculpt, paint, sew, and create an entire ensemble resulting in perfect scale and such like-like creations. The trim sized just right, the painting so fine, her joy in creating- we could go on and on about this unbelievable artist and her talent abound.