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[Bookplate for William Greening and Cornelia Greening by A. N. Macdonald]
[Bookplate for William Greening and Cornelia Greening by A. N. Macdonald]
Title[Bookplate for William Greening and Cornelia Greening by A. N. Macdonald]
CreatorMacdonald, A. N.
Date Created1915
Sort Date1915
DescriptionBlack ink on cream paper. Elaborately decorated frame surrounds three round images, two small ones atop a larger, oval one. The border has a shelf-like appearance with the top featuring a series of curling, heart-shaped decorations with a large, spiraling curlicue extending to the left and right. The very centre of the top element features a leaf-like decoration pointing upwards. The top half of the sides of the border features symmetrical leafy curlicue decorations that extend downwards with a pseudo-fleurs-de-lis to a line of elaborate floral decorations. The large oval image extends to the sides of the borders and below the oval are decorations on both the left and right sides. The left side features a tennis racket entwined in leafy decoration. The right side contains golf clubs in the same leafy decoration. Leafy decoration also surround the two small images inside the border, which are connected by two wrapping ribbons in the centre. The image on the left features an explorer holding a walking stick and wearing a hat looking out onto a nature landscape. The landscape includes water and a mountain topped with clouds. The image on the right contains a road curving to the right. The right side of the road features foliage, including several palm trees. The large, central image shows a house with some of its garden in the foreground. The forefront of the image is a simple lawn, followed by several small trees on the left with plants in barrels, a table, and several chairs on the right. Between the trees and chairs is a path leading further into the garden and towards the house. The house is quite large and has at least two stories and a sheltered porch. Towards the other end of the house and garden are taller trees. Below the images is a rectangular box with a border. The border consists of two thin white lines with a darker centre between them. The centre of the rectangle contains text written in capitalized serif font in varying sizes. Below the rectangle, the artist's name and date of creation is written in small, sentence-case serif font. Handwritten note in pencil on the back.
Extent1 bookplate : intaglio printing ; 7.4 x 10.7 cm
SubjectPrivate libraries
Subject - GeographicToronto (Ont.)
Personal NamesGreening, William ; Greening, Cornelia
TypeStill Image
NotesWilliam Sharp Greening was born in Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada in 1884 to Thomas Benjamin Greening and Jane Sharp. He married Cornelia Thacher, the daughter of Luin Thacher and Carrie Robinson Hamilton. The couple had 3 children (Carol, Rosemary, and William E. Greening). The couple is listed as living in Toronto in The Society Blue Book of Toronto and Hamilton, a directory of elite families in Toronto, Hamilton, and the surrounding area. William Sharp Greening passed away in 1939. Arthur Nelson Macdonald lived between 1866 and 1940. Thanks to librarian Edith Anderson Rights, his bookplates were exhibited at the Montclair Art Museum and Art Department of Newark Public Library in 1986.
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Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN P G7446
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_P_G7446
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Stanley Binder. BP MUR CAN P G7446
Date Available2017-01-25
Publisher - DigitalVancouver : University of British Columbia Library
RightsImages provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy, or otherwise use these images must be obtained from Rare Books and Special Collections:
TranscriptEX LIBRIS WILLIAM AND CORNELIA GREENING A.N. Macdonald Des et 5c 1915. swp[?]
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