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Drawing: View from Benares Verandah
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Title: Drawing: View from Benares Verandah
Identifier: 2007.1.6
Donor: Harris/Sayers Family
Item Date: 1930-1940
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A framed and matted pencil sketch with glass and wire hanger. The image is 21.9 x 13.4 cm The sketch appears to have been made in the winter season; deciduous trees are leafless, ground and rooftops are white. The drawing is dominated by large trees; there is a grouping of 3 buildings near the centre about 1/4 from the bottom. There is an urn planter in the proper right foreground. The mat is a medium green shade; 1 cm wide at sides and 2.7 cm wide at the top and bottom. The frame is carved in an elongated leaf motif, painted silvery grey. The frame is joined with small steel nails. The backing is brown variegated striped Kraft paper. Handwritten in ink by Annie Harris (1882-1986) on the backing paper is: "This is the view from the veranda at Benares in the 1930s done by Barbara Roe Hicklin for my Mother Mary Harris, wife of Arthur B. Harris".

Barbara Roe Hicklin , born in 1918 in Toronto, studied art at Central Technical School, Toronto, (Arts Diploma, 1937) and afterward received an Arts Diploma in 1947-48 from the New York Phoenix School of Design. She is a Life Member of the Alberta Society of Artists and has won many awards and participated in many solo and group exhibitions. Her work is best known across Alberta but is also known internationally. She often painted landscape scenes from the Yukon. Her work appears in many public art collections. Ref: visited 2007/06/06.

Barbara Larson recalls that Barbara was the daughter of Winifred Farncomb Roe, a great friend of her mother, Annie Harris Sayers and her aunt, Naomi Harris. Barbara's aunt was artist, Caroline Farncomb. Winifred and her daughters visited Benares many times and it was during these visits that Barbara drew or painted Benares. Barbara's sister, Marion (1920-2010), was a close friend of Barbara Larson and was one of her brides maids at her 1939 wedding to Melville Gooderham.
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