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Photograph: Sarcophagus Eleonara Di Bahun Duchess of Gloucester Abbess of Barking
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Title: Photograph: Sarcophagus Eleonara Di Bahun Duchess of Gloucester Abbess of Barking
Identifier: 2001.5.41
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1870-1876
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A black and white photograph of a sarcophagus inside a large cathedral. The sarcophagus is rectangular with simple carved designs on it and has a statue of a women lying atop it. The sarcophagus is held on a stone table with nooks in it. There is a rectangular stone roof atop it attached to pillars on either side. Written in pencil on the back is: 'Eleonara Di Bahun Duchess of Gloucester Abbess of Barking'

Eleanor de Bohun (c. 1366 – 3 October 1399) was the elder daughter and co-heiress with her sister Mary de Bohun, of their father Humphrey de Bohun, 7th Earl of Hereford. In 1376 she married Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester. She was invested as a Lady Companion, Order of the Garter in 1384. She became a nun sometime after 1397 at Barking Abbey. She died on 3 October 1399 and was buried in Westminster Abbey. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleanor_de_Bohun

Traveler’s in the 1870’s could not take their own photographs, so professional photographers would create albums with photos like these and sell them to travelers to commemorate their journey. In 1871 Elizabeth (Bessie) and Annie Harris (daughters of James Beveridge and Elizabeth) traveled to Europe to do a tour of Scotland, Ireland and England. In 1876, Lucy and Arthur Harris traveled to Scotland to visit their aunts in Perthshire. 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. These photos could have come from any of those trips or have been sent by the Aunts, to the family at Benares.
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