|Description: A wood framed photograph with grey mottled mat. The frame is veneered or painted to resemble wood grain. The photograph is taken in front of Benares' verandah and shows three girls are all dressed in pretty frocks with lace or smocking as decoration. In the photograph they are looking up at something above them. In the background, a lady is leaning against the verandah and is also looking upwards. The back of the photograph has torn black paper which still contains a label: 'The Robert Simpson Company Limited', with the number 1220174. Above this name is a shield shape in which is printed 'Artistic Framing; Fine Pictures; Proof Etchings. Original Prints.' Beneath the torn black paper is a piece of backing with the number 1220174 in pencil.
History: The three girls in this picture are the daughters of Annie Harris Sayers (Dora in the middle), Dora Labatt and Edna Leonard. In 1903 Annie and these women went on a six month educational tour of Belgium, Holland, France, England and Italy. Artist Caroline Farncomb acted as a chaperone for the women on their _Grand Tour_ . This reunion happened at Benares c. 1920.
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 1968 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 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.