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Woven on silk:-
Printed at bottom of card-mount:-
cm deep by cm wide
The Gladstone portrait first appears on label 21+2 of 1886. Several versions are known, as listed, and these are normally mounted on type D or D1 card-mounts.
so288: Full-face portrait of Gladstone, with the title RT. HON. W. E. GLADSTONE, M.P. printed on the type D card-mount. Woven over the jacket is a spray of flowers, which can vary slightly in colour and composition.
so292: Portrait of Gladstone facing half right, with the inscription on the card-mount as so288; but no flowers are woven over the jacket.
version above: As the image of so292, but with the spray of flowers woven over the jacket.
so300: A similar portrait silk to the one above, but rare, with smaller head.
so304: A small-size silk portrait with the title, RT. HON. W. E. GLADSTONE, woven above the head. This rare silk measures only 1 5/8 inches by 3 1/4 inches and forms a pair with so96: - the small portrait of THE LATE EARL OF BEACONSFIELD. These are most probably the small portraits listed on labels 21+10+2 to 23+27+2, of 1887 and 1888, as being sold at 4d each.
so308: The last version is similar to the so288 version, except the card-mount bears the amended title THE LATE RT. HON. W. E. GLADSTONE, M.P.
so290: As the silk above, but with the title: " R't Hon. W.E. Gladstone, M.P. / Home Rule is Ireland's Right ", and the shorter credit of ' Woven In Pure Silk '.
so306: As recorded by Godden as so308, but with " M.P. " missing from the title.
From a paper envelope used to post the original pictures and portraits, it is confirmed the flowers are Roses, Shamrock and Thistles.