Bid to make Barbara’s photo wish come true

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - News - SARAH LUMLEY & ROBIN JENKINS [email protected]­erndai­ly­

APENSIONER who ap­peared in a world-fa­mous pho­to­graph as a toddler is mak­ing an ap­peal to bor­row a blood­hound dog so she can recre­ate it – 80 years later.

Barbara Lloyd, 86, was only three years old when pho­tog­ra­pher and artist William Van­der­son asked her to pose for por­traits with a friend’s pooch – which was as tall as her.

Lit­tle did Barbara know that the 1935 black and white photo would go on to be recog­nised across the world – used on greet­ings cards and post­cards.

Now Barbara, who lives at Scar­let House care home in Stroud, Glouces­ter­shire, has made a wish on the home’s Wish­ing Tree to recre­ate the fa­mous pho­to­graph.

The Wish­ing Tree is an ini­tia­tive run by staff at Scar­let House to help make its res­i­dents’ wishes come true.

Staff are now on the hunt to find a friendly blood­hound dog to meet Mrs Lloyd and star in the replica por­traits.

Scar­let House home man­ager, Kate Stevens, said: “We were thrilled to find out Barbara is the star of the orig­i­nal blood­hound por­trait, and en­joyed lis­ten­ing to her re­call how this came about.

“Ful­fill­ing res­i­dents’ lives is at the heart of ev­ery­thing we do here at Scar­let House and when we saw Barbara’s wish we were ea­ger to make this come true.

“The team here are look­ing for-

We were thrilled to find out Barbara is the

star of the orig­i­nal blood­hound por­trait


ward to work­ing with the lo­cal com­mu­nity to find a blood­hound to recre­ate the por­traits with.”

Scar­let House pro­vides full-time res­i­den­tial, nurs­ing and de­men­tia care, as well as short-term respite care.

If you think you can help, email Roxy Prat­ley, the care home’s cus­tomer re­la­tions man­ager, at roxy. prat­[email protected]

Barbara Lloyd and, right, the fa­mous photo in close-up

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