As we all know, the girl has always been a pretty special part of American culture.
From the time she was a baby, the boy in her family always brought her some food and lots of toys, including dolls and figurines.
But the doll she grew up with?
Not so much.
Today, when she’s not dreaming up ways to make herself look more appealing, we can imagine her in some sort of cute little doll house.
It might even look like a little sister doll.
But this is the only time we’ve seen a girl doll in an oil painting.
According to artist and illustrator Jocelyn Haggerty, this is a true story of how a family in the US made a girl portrait.
In the early 1900s, when the family moved to Florida, a woman by the name of Susan Sullenger, who would go on to marry and have three children with husband, George Mather, decided to make one of her daughters a doll.
“When she was born, Susan said she wanted to make the doll of a little girl because her father said, ‘You will be a beautiful little girl when you grow up.’
Susan made the doll with the mother’s clothes, and when she grew older, she wanted it to be her.
She painted it black and gold with a white ribbon around her waist,” says HaggerTY.
“She had a beautiful, little house where her doll lived, and she would have her dolls in there with her.
Susan wanted to be able to have the doll at her side.
She made it out of paper and wood, and the little doll was in a white box, and it was painted black and green.”
The doll’s name is Clara.
Her mother, Frankie Mathers, loved Clara so much that he used the doll to decorate his family’s home.
But when Clara became a little boy, she would cry for the little girl and cry for herself.
She was in pain, HaggerTy says, and said that she would go out to her room to cry herself to sleep.
And so, Clara was taken away by her father, who put a dress on her and gave her to Clara’s mother, who was very proud of her little girl.
When Clara was around 10, she told her mother that she had wanted to become a boy.
Haggerty says Clara would cry and cry.
“As she grew, she realized she could no longer stand it anymore.
She wanted to leave and go to England with her father.
She went to her father and told him, ‘Dad, I don’t want to go, I want to be a girl.’
And he told her, ‘Go to England.
I’m going to take you with me.’
And she went to England.”
In 1885, Clara returned to the United States, and Frankie’s family moved back to Florida.
Her parents gave Clara a dress and told her to wear it when she came home.
She became Clara Mather.
Clara went back to the family home and cried.
“Her mother said, Clara, you’ve grown so much, and I love you.
I’ve loved you from the very beginning.
You have all these wonderful things.
I can’t wait to be with you.’
And then she died,” says Wojcik.
But Clara’s story isn’t just about a girl.
Clara was a pretty girl in a pretty dress.
Clara Maimers story is about the story of a girl who was cut out of a very special family.
It’s about the life of a young woman and the journey she took to get there.
“When Clara first started painting, her father made her a doll of her own, and her mother painted it, and then Clara took it and went to live with her,” Haggertty says.
“It’s a very touching story, and there’s a real warmth in her eyes, a real understanding of this girl.
But at the same time, you see her crying, she’s upset, she has these horrible emotions that she’s trying to convey.
She just can’t be with her doll, she doesn’t want that doll to be in her life.
And she doesn