"1878 Doll" from the Gratitude Train
House of Lanvin
The house of Lanvin was inspired by the paintings of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema when designing her contribution to the Gratitude Train. Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), was a Dutch-born painter who later settled in England was one of the most renowned artists of late 19th-century. He painted classical subjects, most often scenes of the luxurious Roman Empire. Known for his meticulous research, Alma-Tadema’s paintings were used in the 20th century as source material for several Hollywood movies including, “Ben Hur”, “Cleopatra”, “The Ten Commandments”, and “Gladiator”. Though Lanvin’s doll represented the year 1878, the classical draping and brilliant colors of Alma-Tadema’s work are evident in the design.