pagliacci 400 x 200Product: Dolly Dingle Takes Up Grand Opera – Pagliacci

Dolly Dingle Takes Up Grand Opera – Pagliacci

 Dolly Dingle and friends perform opera!

Grace Drayton’s cartoon characters brought joy to many children and their families in the 20th century and now, almost a hundred years later, her drawings are still popular today. Grace and her sisters grew up in Philadelphia. She was a prolific and accomplished artist, belonging to the most prestigious artist circles. She was actively drawing from 1904 until her death in 1936. She is most famous for designing the Campbell’s Kids and Dolly Dingle, although she painted in oils and was a student of Robert Henri.

Pagliacci is a famous opera by Ruggero Leoncavallo where a clown, Pagliacci, played by Canio, realizes he can no longer separate art from life. The opera is a play within a play, where the actors are involved on stage and off. The beautiful Dolly Dingle plays the actress Nedda, who plays Columbine in the play. The play within the opera continues until the audience realizes the actors are not doing the play any longer and the angry dialogue between the players on stage is real. In a fit of jealous anger, Canio stabs Nedda and her lover. Canio then says the famous line, “The play is over.”

Enrico Caruso, a world famous tenor opera singer, made the performance of Canio/Pagliacci one of his signature roles. He is often pictured in the same clown outfit given here: a full white suit and a black pom-pom hat.

Included in this 4 page PDF of four color paper dolls are:

  • Dolly Dingle Doll as the actress Nedda who play Columbine in the play, with bobbed white hair and beauty marks, wearing a white slip with roses, white stockings and white ribboned pumps
  • Dolly’s Columbine costume of a white clown dress with black splotches
  • Dolly’s Columbine white hat with a black pom-pom front and center
  • Dolly’s rose nosegay bouquet with lace and gold ribbons
  • Canio, who plays Pagliacci, cutout with his famous clown costume and drum
  • Beppo, who play’s Columbine’s lover, cutout with his famous harlequin costume

These paper dolls and their accessories are a PDF that will be downloaded to your computer and printed off by your computer’s printer. Please help keep Sunbonnet Smart on-line by not sharing paper dolls. Be fair! Don’t share!

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