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Painting- Winter Morning
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Title: Painting- Winter Morning
Identifier: 2008.22.9
Donor: Sandra Halford
Item Date: 1987
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A framed oil painting entitled “Winter Morning.” The painting is a of a winter scene of a snow covered lane way through the woods. Snow covered evergreen trees, birch trees and dark tree trunks make up most of the scene. Blue sky and bright clouds in yellow tones fill the background. The bottom of the painting is signed with the following: “M.E. Ross.” The frame is 8 cm wide and in light coloured wood, recessed toward the painting. The inner and outer edge of the frame is stained a gold colour. The inner edge of the frame is 2 cm wide and it has a simple carved line and circle patter in it. The back of the painting is covered in paper and contains two eye hooks and twisted metal wire for hanging. Marked in ink is the following: “From the Kitchen Window, Winter Morning, 1987, M.E. Ross.”

This painting was painted by Betty Ross from her home at 2114 Parker Ave, Mississauga. Margaret Elizabeth (Betty) Ross (1936-2008) was born April 16th to parents, Margaret née Awrey and William McPherson Ross. William was a former Olympic oarsman who represented Canada in 1928 in Amsterdam. His 8 man rowing team won a bronze medal for their performance. He was inducted into the Mississauga Sports Hall of Fame in 1982 for his rowing achievements. The Rosses moved to 2114 Parker Avenue, Mississauga in 1937. Betty continued to live in this home after her parents passing.

Betty had many interest including painting, interior design, woodworking and genealogy. She was a long time volunteer of both the Museums of Mississauga and Heritage Mississauga. Betty had a great love of dogs and was a member of the Mississauga Kennel Club and was often busy showing her award winning Jack Russell Terrier, Cracker Jack, at dog shows. Betty never married but was very close with her younger brother’s family. Through her genealogy research Betty learned that her family was related to the Cawthra family after which Cawthra Road is named for.
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