Heathfield School circa 1915

A book ( Bracebridge Hall 1904) presented to Rita Gulbenkian by fellow members of her form in about 1915. Dated by identifying one of her fellow pupils - Eileen Agar, the British surrealist painter and an old girl of Heathfield school. Heathfield is an exclusive  girl's boarding  school standing in 36 acres of grounds on the outskirts of Ascot and was founded in 1899 by Eleanor Beatrice Wyatt. Its pupils seem quite international - the girl the book was presented to was Armenian - the daughter of Calouste Gulbenkian, one of the world's richest men and brother of Nubar Gulbenkian, an eccentric billionaire. She was born in 1900 and Eileen Agar in 1899. The school's motto was (and still is) 'The Merit of One is the Honour of all.' Clicking on the image gives a very clear picture of all the names...

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