Thursday, November 10, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday - New Arrival

Painting of Jean Mary and Edith Berta Gowans
I wrote previously about the generosity of the English cousin we visited earlier this year.

One of the gifts we received was a painting by one of my husband's distant relations, Edith Berta Angus Gowans (known as Berta), who is his second cousin twice removed. Berta was a spinster who had no direct descendants so she gave many of her treasures to our cousin who happens to be a bachelor with no descendants. Generously he wanted to share some of the treasures with other Gowans family members who would appreciate them. Our  new painting is dated 1926 when Berta was 19 years of age.

Berta was one of three daughters of opthalmic surgeon, Thomas Gowans and Mary Berta Angus. Berta and her sisters, as genteel young ladies, probably would have spent a deal of their leisure time engaging in the ladylike pursuit of painting.

Our newly framed painting by Berta Gowans is ready to hang


Sharon said...

It would be perfect in my bedroom.

Heather Kuhn Roelker said...

I love the second beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I love the simplicity of the 2nd painting and the sense of naivety in the 1st. How wonderful to be the recipient of such generosity.


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