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Title: Portrait - "P. Kramer"
Identifier: 2001.5.37
Donor: Geoffrey Harris Sayers
Item Date: 1876
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A portrait of a man with the artist's signature on the proper left side of the portrait, which reads: “P. Kramer”. The initials ‘L.H.’ are written on the back of the print. History: The photographic print of the painting might be by Peter Kramer (1823-1907), a painter and lithographer born in Munich, Germany. Kramer immigrated to the United States in 1848 and later returned to Europe in 1858. The print belonged to Lucy Harris. Lucy Harris (1844-1925) was the daughter of Captain James B. (1797-1884) and Elizabeth Harris (née Molony) (1829-1884), and sister of Arthur. She lived at Benares until an inheritance in 1880 allowed her to move to Toronto in a trendy neighbourhood with her sister Elizabeth (Bessie). Lucy loved antiques and helped organize a club for women interested in ceramics. In 1876, Lucy traveled to Scotland to visit her aunts in Perthshire with her brother Arthur. In a letter to James 16 November 1876, Matilda writes about their trip back to Canada: ‘I hope Lucy and Arthur soon got over their Seasickness, and trust you and all are well.’ Their sisters, Elizabeth (Bessie) and Annie, engaged in a similar tour to Scotland, Ireland, and England in 1871. James Beveridge Harris’s sisters, Margaret Patton and Matilda Lindsay, both lived at Rose Terrace, Perth, with their cousin Margaret Anne Patton in the 1870s and 1880s.
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