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Object Name Address, Illuminated
Description Red folder with copy of the illuminated address given to Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Timaru in January 1954.

Description of the original in newspaper article January 13 1954: address bound in rich red morrocco leather embossed with 24 carat gold sprays of kowhai and clematis and kiwi in each corner -in lower corners Union Jack and New Zealand ensign, two globes - one with United Kingdom and other showing NZ. The title page of goatskin parchment with delicately drawn picture of Mount Cook at the top and Caroline Bay at the bottom. Down each edge are pictures of native birds and plants - fantail,pigeon, bellbird, kingfisher, tui, kea, morepork and pukeko, fushia, Mt Cook lily, clematis, totara and native ferns - all reproduced in the most exacting detail with meticulous attention paid to shape, colour and habitat.

Mr Harvey made special trip to Mt Cook to sketch from the best angle and done in coloured Indian inks with pen and brush. Mr Harvey chosen as known as ivory carver and was to be commissioned to make small crown for the cover - on visit other artwork seen so Mr Harvey commissioned to do that as well. Made some sketches but once the one was chosen referred to only for colouring details.

As this is the copy it may not be real leater or gold.
Date 1953
Year Range from 1953
Catalogue Number 2002/294.33
Artist Harvey, G J
Dimensions H-33.5 W-26.4 cm
Search Terms Royal Visit to Timaru, 25. Jan. 1954
People Harvey, G J
Queen Elizabeth II
Classification Art
Local History