The title of this exhibition is drawn directly from a 19th century painting in the Art Gallery of Hamilton's collections entitled "Good Friends." The painting vividly captures how many rural people admired the animals which ensured their livelihood and who depended upon them for care. The people of Cramahe also felt the same way about their animals, photographing them in a variety of settings and situations. Pets and farm animals provided companionship, pride in ownership, and a sense of well being.
Good Friends by Ebenezer Birrell (1800-1888), oil on canvas, after 1834, 58.5cm (L) x 71.2cm (W); Gift of Mrs. R. N. Steiner in memory of her mother, Mrs. L. C. Dillon, 1965; Reproduced with the permission of the Art Gallery of Hamilton Details
To see the Ebenezer Birrell painting which inspired the name and theme of this exhibition - click on the link for the Art Gallery of Hamilton and select the initial of the artist's surname - B and drop down the alphabetical list to find Birrell, click on his surname and then click on Good Friends. The image of the painting can be enlarged, but is slightly cropped.
Ruth Turpin with her guard, Turpin Family Photograph Album Details
Joan and Reta Turpin with their cats, Turpin Family Photograph Album Details
Viola Peterson Teal, Russell Peterson, and Grace Peterson Details