Madam Montanari

The Dalton’s were local publicans who kept the original Nag’s Head pub some way down London Road. Augusta grew up and moved to London where she met the exotically named Corsican gentleman Napoleon Montanari. They married and he, the sculptor, made the wax dolls and she made the costumes. They became much respected for their wax dolls winning a medal at the Great Exhibition in 1851 and even, it is said, supplying dolls for Queen Victoria’s children. Grantham Museum has a fine example of one of her dolls.

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