portrait of Field Marshal Lord Roberts

Field Marshal LORD ROBERTS, V.C.

EMPIRE MAKERS


Reference Number:- Godden Number:- Sprake Number:-
go 262 not recorded Sprake did not record any Grants
 
Words:
Printed at top of card:-

EMPIRE MAKERS.

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.

Size:
Card-mount:
cm deep by cm wide

silk:
cm high by cm wide

Comments:
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.

Other comments:
Whilst this silk is clearly mounted in a Grant card matt, there is a great deal of similarity to the normal Stevens silk portraits.

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;
Stevens version has shamrock leaves above the ribbon, which are missing in the image above, and also below the ribbon which are ordinary leaves in the version above;
the red and white at the flag top left are interchanged;
and both the leaves and ribbon layout are identical to the other recorded Roberts Empire Makers portrait made by Grant, but different from the Stevens version.


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