National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Not on display
Alexander Harper 8A Shandwick Place, Edinburgh
The frame is built on a wooden chassis with composition decorative elements. There is sufficient variation in the fluting of the inner scotia to suggest it is carved into the timber. The torus of laurel and berry is not centred, the sections have been cut from longer lengths, which is at odds with the notion that the frame is built up from scratch. The slip is water gilded.
The frame is in largely original condition.
37.4 x 44.5 x 6.0 cm; sight 17.0 x 24.0 cm
This small classical revival frame is an interesting example, both in form and scale, of the application of large-scale, formal frames to watercolours. In some sense it overwhelms the artwork in another it adds a weighty formality to the little landscape.