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Nana, From Peter Pan
by R. John Wright


Nana from Peter Pan has all the charm of the pup from the original story.

PETER PAN, or THE BOY WHO WOULDN'T GROW UP (1904) is the title of Scottish playwright and novelist James M. Barrie's most famous play. PETER & WENDY is the title of Barrie's 1911 novelization of the play. Both tell the fanciful story of Peter Pan, a mischievous little boy who refuses to grow up. Did we mention that he can also fly?! Late one evening Peter steals into the London home of Wendy Darling and her brothers John and Michael and spirits them away to exciting adventures on the island of Neverland.

Nana is the nursemaid of Wendy, John, and Michael Darling, hired by their parents to look after their children. A lovable Saint Bernard, Nana was played in the original stage production - and the 1924 silent film adaptation - by an actor in a dog suit. Nana is the first character we encounter in the Peter Pan story and she is also the premiere piece in the R. John Wright Peter Pan series.

Extensively researched for the utmost in authenticity, Nana is made of the finest wool and alpaca and sits approximately 9.5 inches tall. Realistically detailed, she has a molded face with delicate airbrushed markings, glass pupil eyes and inset whiskers. Her neck features a ball and socket joint for expressive posing. Nana's limbs include paw pads and individually-applied nails made of molded, treated felt. Atop her head she wears her dainty nurse's cap made of fine Swiss embroidered lace interwoven with black silk ribbon. No detail has been spared to bring this adorable literary character vividly to life!

Nana is produced in a numbered limited edition of just 250 pieces worldwide. Each will come enclosed in a deluxe presentation box with the accompanying signed and numbered certificate of authenticity and the forms for owner registration.

Take Me Away To Neverland

John Wright discusses his lifelong interest in Peter Pan.

 Statue of Peter Pan in England

Walt Disney's animated Peter Pan was released in 1953 but I was too young to have seen it in the theaters. However, I remember the merchandise associated with the film which flooded the toy shelves such as books, dolls, coloring books etc. In this way I first became aware of the Peter Pan story. I even had a play set of Captain Hook's hat with a large feather plume and a plastic sword!

When I turned eight years old, J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan starring Mary Martin was broadcast live on television. I watched spellbound as the story came to life before my eyes. I can remember having a hard time getting to sleep that night. I’m sure I was not the only boy wishing that Peter Pan would come knocking on my bedroom window to take me away to Neverland.

Susan and I traveled to England with all four of our children when they were very young. Our very first destination in London was Kensington Gardens and its famous bronze statue of Peter Pan. (see photo)

When we began making dolls Peter Pan quickly appeared on our To-Do list of favorite projects. It has lingered there for 40 years and now we have finally decided to design and produce it. We have decided to produce the characters as they appear (more or less) in the story.

This is a complex undertaking because we are blending the influences from several different sources to come up with our interpretation. There will undoubtedly be touches from the Disney version along with the stage production. Various classic illustrations will also be referenced. The very first film (silent, 1924) of the play and the statue in Kensington Gardens will also factor in prominently. Both of these were overseen by Barrie himself.

 Nana is the nursemaid dog of the Darling children. In designing Nana, we were faced with another set of choices. In the script for the play, Barrie specifies that Nana is a Newfoundland. (Luath, the Barries' dog at that time, was a Newfoundland.) This is confirmed in the text of the novel Peter and Wendy. The specific breed of 'Landseer' Newfoundland's were very popular with Victorian families with small children as they are wonderful with children and act as protector's. However, when Barrie first conceived Peter Pan, his dog was Porthos, a Saint Bernard. Both dogs look similar so as we have designed her, there is a basis for identifying our Nana as either type.

- JW


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Nana, From Peter Pan
by R. John Wright

Size Height : 9.5 inches
Edition Limited Edition
Edition Size : 250
Materials All-Wool Felt
Features Glass Eyes
Airbrushed Accents
Jointing Jointed at the Neck
Ball-And-Socket Jointing
Authenticity Includes Certificate of Authenticity
Age Appropriate Collectible, Not Intended For Children
Country of Origin United States

The Toy Shoppe Has Offered R. John Wright Creations For Over Three Decades

R. John Wright and Susan WrightThe Toy Shoppe has had the pleasure of offering the work of R. John Wright since 1979. When Danny Shapiro, the founder of The Toy Shoppe, first saw John and Susan's work he was impressed with the great charm and fine craftsmanship exhibited. Each piece created by R. John Wright continues to display the virtuosity of the artist when considering fine and original design, beautiful craftsmanship and the use of beautiful materials of exceptional quality. As work of this nature can only be produced in small quantities, each piece is all the more special.

Originality Of Design

Every great object begins with fine design. John and Susan often take their inspiration from famous illustrations found in the classic children's books which they love. What is most impressive is that each piece created from these illustrations remains true to the original artwork: two dimensional illustrations brought to life in three dimensions exactly as we expect them to be. They become the definitive interpretation of our favorite childhood characters. The Wright's designs are also inspired by nature. The realism with which they create their bears, mice and other animals is matched only by their ability to introduce rich character and personality in them without resorting to caricaturish extremism.

Inspired By The Classics

Established in 1976, R. John Wright has produced work based on the most famous illustrations of all time, including Ernest Shepherd's Winnie-the-Pooh, Jessie Wilcox Smith's storybook characters, Johnny Gruelle's Raggedy Ann and Andy, Walt Disney's Classics, Palmer Cox's Brownies, Saint Exupery's The Little Prince, Beatrix Potter's animal kingdom, Rose O'Neill's Kewpie, Michael Bond's Paddington and Sir John Tenniel's Alice in Wonderland... and the list continues to grow today with their new Peter Pan series!

Fine Craftsmanship

R. John Wright The Little Prince dollsIn our opinion, the making of an heirloom piece requires a marriage of fine design and quality craftsmanship. Poor manufacturing can shatter an artist's fine design. The RJW Workshop employs a unique process to address this. After designing an edition, John and Susan oversee every step of production at their workshop in Vermont ensuring each piece lives up to their artistic vision. Under their watchful eyes, a highly skilled team of trained artisans puts each limited edition into production, detailing and finishing these treasures by hand. Due to the complexity of their original designs, John and Susan must often develop innovative techniques to insure that the edition remains consistent and uniform throughout production: the first piece in the edition must be as wonderful and charming as the final one. Technically speaking, as amazing and delightful as the early R. John Wright creations were, the newer pieces are far more complex. Today’s RJW designs are now brought to life in a way that they never could have been done 20 years ago.

Each accessory that comes with an R. John Wright creation is also of original design. John and Susan are not content to merely use an existing object as an accessory. When the object cannot be created in their workshop due to the material or specialized skills desired, the company works with master craftsmen in their respective fields to custom make the final pieces.

We believe that these factors have been important in contributing to the already established higher value of earlier R. John Wright work.

Heirloom Quality Toys

At The Toy Shoppe, we believe that true collectibility is earned by the maker's dedication and commitment to design, craftsmanship and material usage. Rarity is naturally implied, as work of this nature cannot be mass-produced. The market has already well recognized the collectible nature of the work by R. John Wright. We believe this will easily continue to be the case.

Today, John and Susan continue to create and innovate with delightful felt dolls, bears, mice and many other characters at their workshop in Bennington, Vermont in the United States.

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