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Title: Bust - Christine Gooderham
Identifier: 2005.4.120
Donor: Barbara Larson
Item Date: 1963
Image Creator: Museums of Mississuaga
Creation Date: 2005
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: Plaster bust showing the face and neck of a young woman. The bust is green but you can see some of the white plaster at the bottom. It has a rough texture and there is a 18cm long screw protruding from the base of the neck where it would be mounted into a wood block. The sculpture is hollow at the back and is approximately 1-2cm thick.

History: Christine Maryanne Gooderham was born in North Bay, November 8, 1948. She is the daughter of Barbara Sayers Larson and Melville Gooderham. Christine attended high school in Pickering and attended the Ontario School of Fine Arts where she excelled in both painting and sculpture. Christine married Kamel Abougoush in 1979 and they have two children, Ryan born in 1983 and Callie born in 1986. The Abougoush's live in Kelowna B.C. where they own a restaurant and a horse farm.
This bust was made of Christine in 1963 by family friend, Francesca Ranouski, the wife of Charles Morry, then a professor of Fine Arts at the University of Toronto.

Items donated by Barbara Sayers Larson. Barbara Larson is the daughter of Annie Harris (1882-1986) and Beverly Sayers (1883-1976) and granddaughter of Arthur (1843-1932) and Mary (1859-1954) Harris. Barbara was born January 27, 1920 and was the youngest of three children. Barbara and her siblings, Geoffrey Sayers (1907-1997) and Dora Sayers Caro (1915-2004) donated Benares to the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 1969 after inheriting it from their aunt, Naomi Harris (1883-1968). Many of the items donated by Barbara originally belonged to her mother or Aunt Naomi and came from Benares. Barbara lived in a log cabin on land originally given to her mother by her grandparents, at 1723 Birchwood Drive. She still maintains a close tie with Benares and is now living in Kelowna, British Columbia, with her daughter.
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