In the depression years of the 1930s Royal Worcester faced ruin but their fortunes were revived through the commitment of the Managing Director Charles Dyson Perrins and the introduction of new popular styles. Many of these new ranges loved by the public were created by women modellers and the most popular of all were the children of Freda Doughty.
Over 40 years Freda created over 100 models of children for the factory – they were observed from life and were full of character and charm. Of these by far the most popular were Grandmother’s Dress and Boy with Parakeet – both modelled by Freda Doughty in 1935. In the tough post-war years of the 1950s it was said that sales of these two figures alone kept the factory going. They were painted in many different colours and crates of them were shipped all over the world – taking Royal Worcester into ordinary people’s homes and lives.
Many series were created, the most popular being children representing each month of the year and the days of the week. Freda also modelled appealing characters from Nursery Rhymes by Mother Goose and Alice in Wonderland. The painters of many of the early figures of children were skilled paintress Daisy Rea and her sister.
Modeller: Freda Doughty
Factory: Royal Worcester