|Reference Number:-||Godden Number:-||Sprake Number:-|
|go 262||not recorded||Sprake did not record any Grants|
Printed at top of card:-
Woven on Silk:-
CAPE TO CAIRO
Printed at bottom of card:-
W. H. GRANT & Co., MANUFACTURERS, FOLESHILL, COVENTRY.
WOVEN IN PURE SILK
Field Marshal LORD ROBERTS, V.C.
cm deep by cm wide
by Geoffrey Godden:
There is some ambiguity in Godden's record of the Roberts portrait made by Grant.
Godden says that the portrait is "very similar to the rare first version of the Stevens portrait with the long face. " In many respects, that fits the image above.
Godden then continues " This portrait also occurs in postcard form with the woven inscription 'For Queen and Country'. " It could be construed that the portrait silk does not have the 'For Queen and Country' words, and as the other recorded Grant Empire Makers portrait does have these words, the implication is that Godden actually record this 'Cape to Cairo' version.
The actual portrait is identical; as too the wagon train and pyramids at the bottom of the silk.There are however many small differences -
the flag pole interacts with the leaves and ribbon differently;