John Thallon 109 & 111 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
The frame is built from composition ornament on a wooden chassis. The torus is of banded laurel and berry, the inner scotia is plain, using acanthus leaves to cover the mitred corners.
The frame was regilded throughout in a restoration in 1988.
112.0 x 169.5 x 12.0 cm; sight 77.0 x 134.0 cm
One of three watercolours by Mather in the collection, which are framed in ornate gilded frames usually associated with oil paintings. The simple neo-classical style compares with the frame on Evening, Brighton Beach (2003.475) and contrasts with the more elaborate frame on Lake Omeo, North Gippsland (p.431.2-1). Together these frames demonstrate an approach to the framing of large-scale watercolours that is not often retained.
1 Hilary Maddocks, ‘Picture Framemakers in Melbourne c. 1860–1930’ in vol. 1, Frames, Melbourne Journal of Technical Studies in Art, University of Melbourne Conservation Service, 1999.