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    'Jersey Beauties' by Edwin James Douglas 1848 Edinburgh is signed E D entwined with the Douglas heart which was his distinctive signature. It is a horizontal and richly coloured oil painting on canvas, of some feet in height and width, surrounded by a gold frame. The painting is a landscape likely of the Jersey Islands and shows a young lady on the right leading a goat across a shallow stream and at the same time driving three jersey cows and a small calf across the same stream. The small calf is leading the way. Tall dark brown/black trees are a backdrop to a large part of the scene, with dark brown/black banks on both sides of the stream. In the top left hand corner the far away horizon shows hints of green grass and a sky of pale colours - blue, pink and yellow.

    This painting which was a gift to the Adelaide Art Gallery/Art Gallery of South Australia in the early 1900's was ultimately sold by them and is now owned privately, but not by anyone associated with or related to the Douglas family.

    I am not an art critic but just an art lover and in my opinion this painting is worthy of hanging in any art gallery in the world.

    Edwin James Douglas born 14th July 1848 in Edinburgh, Midlothian was the son of James Douglas born 24th July 1810 Kilmarnock, Ayrshire and Margaret McIlwraith c1804 Ballantree, Ayrshire. James Douglas was an Artist, Picture Restorer and Picture Liner following two generations of Clock and Watch makers - John Douglas 1759 a Master and Gabriel Douglas 1784 who was also an Innkeeper and Vintner. Gabriel was father to at least twelve children and James was number four.

    Besides Edwin James Douglas, James and Margaret Douglas had five daughters - Leonora, Georgina, Julia, Cecilia and Caroline.

    Edwin James Douglas married Christiana Maria (Feake) Martin born 25 December 1847 at Halstead, Essex on 23rd April, 1874 at Little Laver Church, Ongar, Essex (married as Edwin Douglas and Christian Maria F Martin) - they had nine children - Clare Henry, William Bruce, Guendolen Blanche, Charles Preston, Violet Constance, James Sholto, Marguerite (Margot) Laura, Edwin Roland and Cedric Christian.

    Edwin James Douglas and his father James Douglas both exhibited their art at the Royal Scottish Academy.

    Advice from the Royal Scottish Academy in 2006 -
    Dr Joanna Soden the Assistant Keeper/Librarian said that James Douglas attended the Royal Scottish Academy Life Class for the sessions 1841-1842, 1842-1843 and 1843-1844 and Edwin James attended for sessions 1866-67 and 1867-68.
    They exhibited at the RSA and/or the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts - Annual Exhibitions.
    Three relevant references suggested were -
    1. The Dictionary of Scottish Art & Architecture - P McEwan - Glengarden Press 2004
    2. The Royal Scottish Academy Exhibitors 1826-1990 - Hilmarton Manor Press 1991
    3. The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts 1861-1898 - The Woodend Press 1990

    "In 1831 a number of natives of Kilmarnock (and others) formed themseves into a society, under the name of the 'Kilmarnock Drawing Academy...They rented an apartment at Cheapside Street, where they exhibited their pieces..." they also studied art and the venture only lasted two or three years. "...The more prominent of the members, who were twelve in number were Messrs, William Macready, James Douglas, Thomas Barclay, and John K Hunter...Mr James Douglas resides, we believe, in Edinburgh, and follows the art of portrait-painting. In imitating the old masters, and retouching and repairing ancient pictures, he is said to be very successful..." (The history of Kilmarnock - Chapter 24 - by Archibald M'Kay - 1858).

    The (Kilmarnock) Academy had in its membership one riddlemaker, two house painters, one cobbler, one tailor, one confectioner, one cabinetmaker, one mason, one pattern designer, one currier, and two young artists, Douglas and Morris. The Academy was to be a home for wandered artists, or artists visiting the town were to be recognised as honorary members..." (Scenes from an Artist's Life by John Kelso Hunter 1802 to 1873).

    Art of James Douglas 1810 Kilmarnock -
    * James Douglas painted his grand-father John Douglas 1759 Jedburgh, Roxburghshire Master Watch and Clock maker in about 1826 - at the age of about 16 likely either in Kilmarnock his home town or Galston were his grand father John Douglas 1759 now lived ( I have tracked John Douglas as living in Galston by 1803 and he was there sometime after 1794).
    * James Douglas also painted a self portrait around the same time and later on he painted his son Edwin James Douglas. James Douglas apparently painted Lord Melville and the painting hung in Archer's Hall of the Royal Scottish Academy, he also painted several pictures of the Duke of Buccleuch, Earl of Strathmore and Earl of Moray. His equestrian portrait (after Sir Anthony van Dyck) hung in the Great Hall of Daraway Castle. In 2006 the Royal Scottish Academy checked with the current Lord Darnley re the painting that hung in the Great Hall but no positive outcome - I was told that at some stage there had been a fire in the Great Hall and the inference was that it may have been destroyed?
    * In 1830 James Douglas painted a coloured 'Self Portrait' where he is sitting, wearing a jaunty hat and watching an archeological dig.
    * James Douglas Painter - exhibited 1837 to 1843. Edinburgh Painter. Lived at a couple of addresses at Hill Square and exhibited a number of Portraits and Subject Paintings at the RSA.
    * James Douglas Painter - 1837 to 1843 - 9 Hill Square. Painted - 1837 "Crazy Jane", 1838 "Innocence", 1839 "The Young Coquet", 1840 "Portrait of a Gentleman" and "Portrait of a Lady", 1841 "The Parting Gift', 1842 "The Confidants" and 1843 "The Fisherman's Daughter"

    Some of the Art of Edwin James Douglas 1848 -
    * From the Royal Collection in 2006 "...According to our computer database the Royal Collection holds an oil painting by Edwin James Douglas of the racehorse 'Persimmon', dated 1897 (RCIN 406475). According to our records this painting was presented to the Prince of Wales by Sir James Blyth (late 1st Baron Blyth), summer 1897..." This painting can be viewed online in the Royal Collection.
    * 'Alderneys' Mother and Daughter (Jersey Islands) created 1875 - black and white, oil on canvas is at the Tate Britain in London. This painting can be viewed online at the Tate Gallery.
    * From the Easy Art site http://www.easyart.com/art-prints/artists/Edwin-Douglas-1328.html - "Edwin Douglas was born in 1848 and flourished between 1869 and 1892. Born in Edinburgh, he was the son of James Douglas, a noted portrait painter, and exhibited his first work at the Royal Scottish Academy at the age of only 17. Edwin Douglas' paintings were mainly of a sporting nature and he attracted many notable patrons, including Sir Charles Tennant and Queen Victoria. Edwin painted a [small autographed] picture of setters for Queen Victoria to be given by her as a birthday present to King Edward VII". It hung in Marlborough House in 1877 - it is no longer in the Royal Collection - Valerie Martin of the Findon Village site.
    * Edwin James Douglas exhibited around 40 paintings at the Royal Academy from 1869 to 1900 and he also exhibited at the Manchester City Art Gallery, the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, the Tate in London and at the Worthing Art Gallery.

    More on the art of Edwin James Douglas 1848 -
    * Painted sporting animal and genre subjects somewhat in the style of Landseer whom he imitated...Works at the RSA included "The Deer Path - 1866"... In 1875 he illustrated the "Poems and Songs of Robert Burns". One of his best known works was a Portrait of the Triple Crown winner in 1896 "Persimmon" drawn in a stable interior and exhibited RSA 1869-1900.
    * Edwin James Douglas 1848 to 1914 - Painter and Engraver -1865 to 1872 - 24 Grange Loan, Edinburgh - Exhibited 1865 to 1872 inclusive. 1874 Dorking, Surrey and 1878 Lawbrook House, Guildford, Surrey.
    * Edwin James Douglas 1869 - 1872 - 24 Grange Loan, Edinburgh. 1873 Westcott Hill House, Dorking Surrey and 1877 to 1882 - Lawbrook House, near Shere, Guildford, Surrey.

    Some of my 2008 research on Edwin James Douglas -
    Main Categories found on his art (my category headings) -
    * Highland and Jersey Cattle, Dogs, Horses and Sheep (Edwin James Douglas had studied anatomy). His best work is perhaps of 'Persimmon' the race horse, Highland and Jersey cattle and dogs of many types eg - mongrel, puppies, Cairn Terrier, Fox Terrier, Pugs, Greyhound, Setters - Gordon and English and Collies.
    * Edwin James Douglas family portraits of Christiana Maria (Martin) Douglas and Margot (Marguerete Laura) Douglas
    * 4 different images, Coaching Postcards
    * 3 different images, Horse and Jinker
    * 3 different images, Hunting with hounds
    * Lone rose
    * Tranquil roses in a vase
    * Sailing ship
    * Baroque
    * Other categories (my category headings) -
    * ~ Nature sets - Tropical, Tahitian Sunset, Autumn Elegance, Alioa Fields
    * ~ Specifically Botanical sets - Rojo Botanical, Graceful State, Mystic Opus, Centimento, Equatorial, Bonaire
    * ~ Somewhat abstract - Palimpsest, Always Special, Geo Mosaic
    * ~ Ancient/Old World - Eden, Epoch, Etruscan, Old World, Tuscadero, Timeless Equino
    * ~ Oriental - Garden Haiku (perhaps Japanese), Japanese Feelings, InnerChi (perhaps Chinese)
    * 4 paintings/drawings by Geundolen Douglas
    * 1 drawing by Christiana Maria (Martin) Douglas
    * Reference to art by Margot Douglas - Marguerite Lora Douglas a Painter in France (likely daughter of Edwin James Douglas 1848)
    * Reference to art by Georgina Douglas Painter, Helensburgh, 1885 (likely sister of Edwin James Douglas 1848 Edinburgh)

    Personal details on Edwin James Douglas and Christiana (Feake) Martin and their lives can be found online at Valerie Martin's site of Findon Village - http://www.findonvillage.com/inded.htm

    The Worthing Museum and Art Gallery in Sussex has infomation on, and some on the art of Edwin James Douglas, including 'My Queen' which is of his wife Christiana - http://www.worthingmuseum.co.uk/collections/

    Also see - http://www.gis.net/~shepdog/BC_Museum/Permanent/Douglas/Douglas.html

    Also visit - http://www.edinphoto.org.uk/PP_D/pp_douglas_artists_family_tree.htm where I have sent some information on Artists, Photographers and Clockmakers in the Douglas family.

    Visit as well - http://www.douglashistory.co.uk/history/edwindouglas.htm#.UOpCDqz4WSo where I have submitted some discoveries on Edwin James Douglas and some of the other Douglas Artists.

    From British newspapers of the day - some of the paintings produced and exhibited by Edwin James Douglas –
    • January 1866 Edwin obtained a prize for ‘Time Exercises’ in Drawing
    • May 1876 'Hailing the Ferry' sold for 262 pounds and 10 shillings
    • December 1882 a painting of a fat and dyspeptic pug called ‘Throw Physic to the Dogs’
    • May 1884 Paintings exhibited at the Royal Academy
    • June 1886 Edwin sold ‘Evening at South Downs’ for 400 pounds
    • May and November, 1889 an oil painting of a fox terrier
    • May 1889 ‘The Three Disgraces’ – three puppies scrambling on a hunting coat
    • February 1890 ‘The Firstlings of the Year’ was on display at the Atkinson Art Gallery in Southport
    • July 1890 ‘Grey Hack and Grey Hound’
    • February 1892 displayed a sheep picture called ‘Tally Ho’
    • September 1892 ‘Prize Jerseys’ was on display at the Birmingham City Council, either in the Great End Gallery or the Wedgwood Gallery
    • September 1892 – Edwin produced an Academy (England) picture of horses and foals, entitled ‘Young England’

    James Douglas 1810 died at 16 Amberley Grove, Croydon, Surrey on 17th March 1888 and Edwin James Douglas died on 22nd October 1914 at Thakenham, Essex.

    From the sites indicated it can be seen that there are a number of other Artists in this Douglas family and also there were a number of Photographers including Portrait, Landscape and Carte de Visite.

    Moreover there are many art sales sites on the web which are involved with selling Edwin James Douglas original art, to sites selling engravings, prints and posters.

    (From family history and other research including Trove).

    Sally Elizabeth Douglas

    Bachelor of Commerce and Diploma of Public Policy (Hons - Arts) - the University of Melbourne; Deakin University Hons Art Subjects under the History of Ideas.

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  1. PICTURE FOR ADELAIDE GALLERY.
    The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Saturday 30 May 1908 p 5 Article
    Abstract: Mr. George Riddoch has purchased Mr. Edwin Douglas's cattle picture, "Jersey Beauties," for presentation to the Adelaide Gallery. 25 words
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    This painting of 'Jersey Beauties' is now owned privately having been sold by the Adelaide Art Gallery. It is a very impressive and quite large oil painting surrounded by a gold frame.

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  2. "JERSEY BEAUTIES." NEW ART GALLERY PICTURE.
    The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Wednesday 19 August 1908 p 12 Article
    Abstract: The picture "Jersey Beauties," by Mr. Edwin Douglas, presented to the Adelaide Art Gallery by the Hon. G. Riddoch, M.L.C. arrived from England last w ... 536 words
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  3. A PICTURE FOR ADELAIDE. London, May 29.
    Kalgoorlie Miner (WA : 1895 - 1954) Saturday 30 May 1908 p 7 Article
    Abstract: Mr. George Riddoch, M.L.C., of South Australia, has purchased Mr. Edwin Douglas' cattle picture "Jersey Beauties," for presentation to 33 words
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  4. VALUABLE PICTURE PURCHASED FOR ADELAIDE. LONDON, May 29.
    Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954) Saturday 30 May 1908 p 7 Article
    Abstract: Hon. George Riddock has purchased Edwin Douglas' cattle picture "The Jersey Beauties," for presentation to the Adelaide Gallery. 26 words
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  5. PICTURE FROM ADELAIDE. LONDON, May 29.
    Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1907 - 1954) Saturday 30 May 1908 p 6 Article
    Abstract: Mr George Riddoch has purchased Mr Edwin Douglas cattle picture Jer[?] Beauties "for presentation to the Adelaide Art Gallery. 27 words
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  6. THE JENNINGS MILLIONS 1798 FORTUNE CLAIMED HEIRS HOPE TO SHARE £53,000,000 ESTATE
    Windsor and Richmond Gazette (NSW : 1888 - 1961) Friday 17 August 1928 p 9 Article
    Abstract: The settlement of a claim to the Jennings estate, which has been lying in Chancery since 1798, means that persons in Australia and in 393 words
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    A mention is made of James Douglas an artist who married a Miss Jennings in 1885 and he died in 1908. I wonder where he fits in re Douglas artists? James was likely to have been born about 1860.

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  7. "JERSEY BEAUTIES."
    The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Wednesday 19 August 1908 p 4 Article
    Abstract: The oil painting "Jersey Beauties," which the Hon. G. Riddoch, M.L.C., purchased during his recent visit to England is a gift to the Art Gallery, has ... 474 words
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  8. "JERSEY BEAUTIES."
    Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA : 1861 - 1954) Saturday 22 August 1908 p 4 Article
    Abstract: The oil painting "Jersey Beauties," which the Hon. G. Riddoch, M.L.C., purchased during his recent visit to England as a gift to the Art Gallery, has 477 words
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  9. The Australian Widows' Fund Life Assurance Society Limited.
    Euroa Advertiser (Vic. : 1884 - 1920) Friday 15 February 1907 p 2 Article
    Abstract: We note from the seventh quinquennial report of the Australian Widows' Fund Life Assurance. Society that the bonus-earning power has grown very 245 words
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  10. Latest Cablegrams. PICTURE FOR ADELAIDE. LONDON, Friday.
    Northern Star (Lismore, NSW : 1876 - 1954) Monday 1 June 1908 p 3 Article
    Abstract: The Hon. George Riddoch, M.L.C., of South Australia, has purchased, for presentation to the Adelaide Art Gallery, Edwin Douglas' cattle plcture, "Jer ... 34 words
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  11. AN ART PURCHASE. London, Friday.
    Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW : 1888 - 1954) Saturday 30 May 1908 p 4 Article
    Abstract: Mr. George Riddoch has purchased Edwin Douglass's cattle picture, " Jersey Beauties," for presentation to the Adelaide Art Gallery. 31 words
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  12. NEW PICTURE FOR ADELAIDE LONDON, May 29.
    The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950) Saturday 30 May 1908 p 2 Article
    Abstract: Mr. George Riddoch, M.L.C., of South Australia, has purchased Mr. Edwin Douglass's cattle picture, "Jersey Beauties," for presentation to the 32 words
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  13. ADELAIDE ART GALLERY PRESENT FROM MR. RIDDOCH. LONDON, May 29.
    The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Saturday 30 May 1908 p 11 Article
    Abstract: Mr. Edwin Douglass cattle picture, "Jersey Beauties," has been purchased by the Hon. George Riddoch, M.L.C., for presentation to the Adelaide Art Gil ... 36 words
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  14. PICTURE FOR THE ADELAIDE ART GALLERY. LONDON, May 29.
    Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld. : 1878 - 1954) Saturday 30 May 1908 p 7 Article
    Abstract: The How. George Riddoch, M.L.C., South Australia, has purchased Edwin Douglas's cattle picture "Jersey Beauties" for presentation to the Adelaide Art ... 32 words
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  15. PERSONAL. MR. GEORGE RIDDOCH, M.L.C. London, May 29.
    The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) Saturday 30 May 1908 p 11 Article
    Abstract: Mr. George Riddoch, M.L.C. of South Australia, has purchased Mr. Edwin Douglass's cattle picture, "Jersey Beauties," for presentation to the 137 words
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  16. GENERAL CABLE NEWS. MISSIONARY BISHOP CONSECRATED. LONDON, May 29.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Saturday 30 May 1908 p 13 Article
    Abstract: The Archbishop of Canterbury, at Southwark Cathedral, consecrated the Rev. T. Clayton Twitchell Missionary Bishop of Polynesia. The Bishops of Melane ... 175 words
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  17. VALUABLE WORK OF ART HON. GEORGE RIDDOCH'S GIFT TO ADELAIDE. MELBOURNE, May 31.
    The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Monday 1 June 1908 p 8 Article
    Abstract: The picture by Edwin Douglas, called "Jersey Beauties," which it was announced by cable message on Saturday has been purchased by the Hon. George Rid ... 285 words
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  18. ANGLO-AUSTRALIAN.
    The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Monday 29 June 1908 p 5 Article
    Abstract: Mr. Clement Giles has come to England party on a holiday, and will devoten some of his time to affairs connected with the South Australian Farmers' C ... 798 words
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  19. LONDON PERSONAL NOTES. May 15, 1908.
    Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Saturday 20 June 1908 p 40 Article
    Abstract: The Hon. Thomas Price was not among the Commissioners present at the opening on the France-British Exhibition. He had been expected to return to Lond ... 1210 words
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  20. CABLE NEWS IN BRIEF. CO-ORDINATION IN MISSIONARY EFFORTS. LONDON, Thursday.
    The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) Saturday 30 May 1908 p 5 Article
    Abstract: The Archbishop of Canterbury, in a letter heartily wishing godspeed to the London Missionary Society in connection with the forthcoming preaching cam ... 722 words
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  21. THE EARLY HISTORY OF MOUNT GAMBIER. A STORY WORTH TELLING. | (All Rights Reserved.) | Pioneers of a Later Date.
    The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Saturday 17 March 1923 p 10 Article
    Abstract: William A Crouch came to our province in 1815, and had a sheep run between Gawler and Angaston on land owned by George Fife Angas. This he was oblige ... 1196 words
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  22. COMMONWEALTH AND NEW ZEALAND NEWS.
    Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954) Saturday 6 June 1908 p 30 Article
    Abstract: The South Australian Commissioner of Police has received a telegram from Constable White, of Codnadatta, to the effect that two aborigines were recen ... 1099 words
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  23. PIONEED PASTORALIST DEAD. The Late Mr. George Riddoch.
    The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Thursday 24 April 1919 p 7 Article Illustrated
    Abstract: Deep and widespread regret will be occasioned by the news of the death, at his residence, Koorine, near to Kalangadoo, on Wednesday, as the result of ... 1088 words
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  24. Personal.
    Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Saturday 4 July 1908 p 34 Article
    Abstract: Speaking on Monday evening it the meeting connection with the annual conference of the South Australian Teachers Union, his Exeellency the Governor, ... 1655 words
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  25. A QUEENLY ACT. LONDON, June 3.
    Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954) Saturday 6 June 1908 p 37 Article
    Abstract: Touched by an unknown arid, dying consumptive girl's appeal to visit her, on the ground that she had never been able to see her Majesty, Queen Alexan ... 1590 words
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  26. PERSONAL.
    The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Monday 29 June 1908 p 6 Article
    Abstract: His Excellency the Governor will preside at the opening of the South Australian Public School Teachers' Union Conference this morning, and to-morrow, ... 2331 words
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  27. CONCERNING PEOPLE.
    The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) Monday 29 June 1908 p 4 Article
    Abstract: The Hon. George and Mrs. Riddoch returned from a six months' trip to Europe on Saturday by the R.M.S. Moldavia. Five or six weeks were spent on the C ... 2684 words
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  28. NATURE IN ART. PICTURES IN THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN GALLERY.
    The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931) Tuesday 6 June 1911 p 11 Article
    Abstract: On the rainy days that winter sometimes brings in its train, when the brown pools be along the pathways and the water drips from the ends of the hung ... 2395 words
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  29. SOME ACADEMY AND PARIS SALON PICTURES
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    SOME ACADEMY AND PARIS SALON PICTURES
  30. James Douglas - 1810 Kilmarnock, Ayrshire
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    James Douglas - 1810 Kilmarnock, Ayrshire