"Mary Hirst"

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Oil on wood portrait in a painted circular frame of Mary Hirst who married William Devenish in 1855. She is dressed in a dark gown with a red ribbon round her neck (ribbon fixed at front with a small gold brooch) and has dark brown hair. Trees, sky and Cupid statuette behind her. Handwritten in pencil on the rear: "Painted on the "Gwalior" by the Purser on the "Gwalior". Above this is handwritten in pen: "Painted on board ship by the purser. At the top middle rear, also handwritten in pencil is: "Mary Hirst / Nee Devenish".
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The Hirst family travelled to NZ on the Gwalior. This is would be Mary Hirst who married William Devenish (ie Devenish nee Hirst)

- Kirsty May posted 5 years ago.

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