From the 1860s, French artist Rosa Bonheur was so popular across the Atlantic that young American girls were given dolls dressed in trousers to mimic Rosa’s unconventional outfits.
One such girl was Anna Klumpke, born in 1856, who refers in her autobiography to “the
little doll miniature dressed like Rosa Bonheur” which her mother gave her, along with a copy of one of Rosa’s paintings. Anna was so inspired that she went on to become an artist herself, eventually meeting and moving in with Rosa. Despite its strange inception, the two women had a very happy relationship, which Rosa described as “a divine marriage of two souls”.