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Title: Drawing by William Bengaugh
Identifier: 2005.4.130
Donor: Barbara Larson
Item Date: 1930
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A delicately drawn image of a parade float drawn by four horses. The card is a light paper board, with ink coloured light red, light blue-green, and black. The parade float is square with gas flares at each corner mounted on square pedestals. There is a round dome at the centre mounted on four slender pillars. There are fabric swags that extend from the pillars to the flare standards. A throne is situated under the dome. A woman wearing a Grecian-type gown is seated on the throne. Surrounding the throne are many costumed players depicting the mosaic of the Toronto population. History: According to Barbara, this card was part of a scrapbook that used to exist at Benares. It is part of a set, accessioned under 2005.4.129. The artist William Bengaugh (1863-1932) was an employee of Toronto Litho. Co., and the younger brother of John Wilson Bengaugh, the well known 'brilliant' political satirist (1853-1923). 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.
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