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Florence Onslow

Florence Coulston Gardner (1853-1934) married William Onslow, 4th Earl of Onslow in 1875. He was a politician and Governor of New Zealand from 1889-1892. The building is Clandon Park House in Surrey, which burned down in 2015. The birds are Tui, from New Zealand, looking longingly at a drawing of Wellington Harbour, probably from the old Government House on Bowen Street, now the site of the 'Beehive', the executive wing of Parliament (but I am just guessing). The quotation is from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.

Date: 1901

Paper size: 114 x 77

Design: 88 x 66 mm max.

Credit: INV W.P.B. (William Phillips Barrett)

Designer: J. Syson

Proof: MH

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