Blog 13: Finding a Drawing after 27 Years

It happened when Lise Lindstrøm contacted me and told me I had drawn her little boy in the main teaching hospital in Copenhagen, Rigshospitalet in 1991. I’d given her a copy then, and she wondered whether I still had the original, because she wanted to buy it.

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Luckily I had kept all my baby drawings, right from when I started drawing in hospitals in 1983, archiving them by place and date,  and most had the name and birthday as well. I told her I would look and write back – his name was Christian born 14th January and this was written on the drawing.

DSCN2504The drawings are all in drawers in my studio. I pulled out the folder labeled  Rigshospitalet  01.91 – and found it. Lise came, and photographer Heather Gartside was there to record the moment when she received the drawing. Christoffer is now a grown man of 28.

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I do not have the possibility of contacting the parents – or the now grownup children themselves, but from time to time I hear from someone and it is fun to see whether can find a certain drawing. I wish I had a way of making contact with more – the early copies I gave them were very bad –  but there are few who find their way to me as Lise did.

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Lise Lindstrøm l.lindstroem@hotmail.com has given me permission to publish this story. To use the photographs please contact the photographer  ©Heather Gartside  heathergartside@gmail.com

We hope that the story of a drawing found after 27 years, along with the photographs,  can be published in Denmark and elsewhere to reach a wider audience.

If you are, or know of any families who have had a premature infant sketched by Heather Spears since 1983, and would like to receive the original drawing from the archives, then please contact Heather via the form below 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Blog 13: Finding a Drawing after 27 Years

  1. I count the drawing of my baby girl who passed away in 1999 at ten days old as my most precious possession. Thank you Heather and lovely story.

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    1. yes Terri. you live in Edmonton, most of the drawings I kept were made before 1999 but I still have many Edmonton drawings, Wish I could contact the parents! maybe they will see the blog…. or it can be posted somehow.

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