Solwig's Father Marionette

Description (Brief):

This marionette is a character from the popular Henrik Ibsen play Peer Gynt. Known as Solwigs father, this marionette was made and used by the Tatterman Marionette Company in 1936. The story is based on Solwig's daughter, who much to her father's dismay falls in love with an egocentric opportunist named Peer Gynt.

Description (Brief)

Made of wood, Solwig's father has meticulously carved fine details and wears a shoddy tan jacket over a pink and green vest black silk ribbon around his neck and blue velvet pants.

Description (Brief)

Classical theater productions such as operas and Shakespeare, as well as Greek comedies and tragedies have been adapted to the puppet stage. The Tatterman Company, based in Cleveland and founded by William Duncan and Edward Mabley in 1926 focused on audiences that included both children and adults. The company performed thousands of plays and toured all over the United States before World War II. Duncan and Mabley saw puppetry as a great learning tool, and were intent on producing plays that would provide an educational experience for school children.

Description (Brief)

This production of Peer Gynt was specifically aimed at an adult audience and the revision of the play was no small feat. Originally a 6 hour production, even too long for adults, the play was shortened to two hours and a new stage and portable backdrops, made by Terence Von Duren, an art instructor at the Cleveland School of Art , were made for an easy breakdown and transport of the scenes. But more significantly, eight puppeteers were needed to cover the cast of 44 puppets.

Description (Brief)

The puppets were created by two brothers, artists in their own right. Roy Patton carved all the heads, while his younger brother Harry built the bodies and made the clothing for all 44 puppets. The artistic talent and expert workmanship are obvious, and the time required to put on this show was substantial. With the onset of World War II the company disbanded.

Date Made: 1935

User: Tatterman Marionette CompanyMaker: Patton, Roy E.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Ohio

General Subject Association: Puppetry


See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Entertainment, Puppets


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Ruth E. Duncan

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1980.0300.01Accession Number: 1980.0300Catalog Number: 1980.0300.01

Object Name: puppet

Physical Description: wood (overall material)paint (overall material)fabric (overall material)string (overall material)Measurements: overall: 27 in x 7 in; 68.58 cm x 17.78 cm


Record Id: nmah_662358

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