Cook, Alice in Wonderland (fretwork figure)

From The Brighton Toy and Model Index
Exhibit

Cook, Alice in Wonderland (fretwork figure)

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location:
Arch Two , Area 58
Wooden Cutout Figures (display)
Puppet Corner

A jointed wooden figure of The Duchess' Cook from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", by Lewis Carroll

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The figure was created in Lord Robert's Workshops, and is jointed to have moving arms and legs.

About the character

The Duchess' Cook appears in two scenes in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, first appearing in the Duchess' home, making soup with copious amounts of pepper and throwing pots and pans at Alice and the baby she is looking after, and finally at The Knave of Hearts' trial, where she proves to be an unreliable witness, focusing more on talking about how tarts are made than on who actually stole them.