Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery: Grace Drayton’s copycats
Posted January 14, 2013on:
Grace Drayton is the artist who drew the Campbell Soup Kids
and the Dolly Dingle paper dolls.
When Dolly first appeared in the Pictorial Review in 1913, it was in full color. The magazine later tried to save money by going to two-tone printing, and from the end of 1926 Dolly Dingle paper dolls no longer appeared in full color.
When Grace stopped drawing Dolly Dingle paper dolls in 1933, the magazine published a doll series called “Dotty Darling’s friends.” These were drawn by Corinne Pauli Waterall.
I have no idea who did these next two Dolly Dingle -inspired dolls. The first one comes very close to looking like Grace Drayton’s work, but I don’t think it is hers.
Dover gave out a Dolly Dingle book, artist Susan Whited LaBelle, in 1985.
The Campbell Soup kids have also been copied for paper dolls.
And if you want to copy her drawing style yourself, at the bottom of this web page is a Dolly Dingle drawing tutorial.
I do not know how to contact the owners of the scans here, which were collected over years from various Internet sources. If your scan is here and you want it removed, contact me, and I’ll be glad to oblige.