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Painted Stone: Seaside Village
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Title: Painted Stone
Identifier: 979.6.104.5
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1900-1930
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A painted stone with an image of a seaside village with European style houses with a stork nest on one of the chimneys. The scene is painted with oil paint and the back is unpainted.

One of five painted stones that may have been painted by family friend and artist, Caroline Farncomb. Caroline Farncomb (1859-1951) was a close family friend of the Harris family and a well respected artist. She studied with Mlle Van den Broeck in London, William Chase in New York, and in Paris at the Académie Julian. She exhibited her work in Canada and Europe, receiving many first prizes in exhibitions in London, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa. Farncomb painted her surroundings including her family, friends, animals, and landscapes. A number of her paintings can be found at Benares including a portrait of Mary Harris, Arthur Harris, Brownie the cat and a still life of birds. Caroline acted as the chaperone for Annie Harris and two of her friends in 1903. Caroline never married and died in London, Ontario on November 13, 1951. For information on Caroline Farncomb and the Académie Julian, see: Gabriel P Weisberg and Jane R. Becker, "Overcoming all Obstacles: The Women of the Académie Julian" (New Jersey: Rutgers University, 1999); Nancy Geddes Poole "The Art of London, 1830-1980" (London, Ontario: Blackpool Press, 1984); Rebecca Sisler, "Passionate Spirits" (Toronto: Clarke, Irwin and Company Limited, 1980), 36.
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