# 41626


The “Lord’s Prayer” written 4 times in the space of a Shilling. Dr. W. G. Tayler, “Etrenne”, Woollahra, 6th May 1897.

$400.00 AUD

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Manuscript in black, brown and red ink on paper, approx. 45 x 45 mm, cut in octagonal shape and mounted on plain card, 120 x 90 mm; border ruled in green and red ink; with a caption title in manuscript on the mount, also bordered in coloured inks; very well preserved, with some toning and light marks at the margins; verso with residual paper adhesions from an old album mount.

During 1896 Dr. W. G. Tayler, a medical practitioner, placed many notices in the Australian Town and Country Journal advertising his private “lying-in home” for ladies visiting Sydney at his residence “Etrenne”, 2 Queen Street, Woollahra. This was essentially a maternity home that provided support for pregnant women and girls who were nearing the birth of their child, and for new mothers. Perhaps it was to one such visitor that he presented this novel and rather astonishing piece of penmanship.

Provenance: Jane Emma Murphy (Balcombe) (1854–1924), “The Briars,” Mornington, Victoria; à Beckett family, Melbourne (by descent).

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