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Object: Souvenir wall plaque

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Title Souvenir wall plaque
Production W H Bossons Ltd (ceramicist), circa 1954, Congleton
Materials plaster, paint
Classification plaques, souvenirs
Technique painting
Dimensions Overall: 54mm (Height)
Credit line Purchased 2011
Registration number GH021023

This scenic plaque is a souvenir of the 1953-4 Royal Tour. It is based on a widely-circulated photograph of the royal yacht as it departed New Zealand from Milford Sound in 1954, after a highly successful tour of the country by Queen Elizabeth II.

Typical of commercial souvenirs that celebrate New Zealand's scenic beauty, it was produced by a English firm that specialised in character wall masks and plaques featuring English scenes (starting with the 'Beautiful Britain' series in 1948-9).

It shows the trans-national circulation of imagery, as W H Bossons produced plaques of other iconic New Zealand scenes and elsewhere.

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