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oil on canvas
55.4 × 46.2 cm
Place/s of Execution
Paris, France
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of the artist, 1895
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Gallery location
Not on display


James QUINN; Franz HALS (after)
The gipsy (c. 1895)
John Thallon
103 & 105 Russell Street (over written as 122 Little Collins),

The frame is made from cast plaster ornament on a wooden chassis. It has been assembled from two sections, the inner part being a large-scale slip, fitted to appear as one unit. The inner frame is water gilded. The heavy oak torus is oil gilded with a dark patina. The working edge is painted ochre.


Good original condition throughout, though dirty and a little worn.

78.0 x 68.0 x 11.0 cm; sight 54.0 x 44.5 cm
James QUINN; Franz HALS (after)
The gipsy (c. 1895) James QUINN; Franz HALS (after)
The gipsy (c. 1895) (colourman)

One of several labels in the collection which itemise Thallon’s activities in carton pierre and fibrous plaster. More interestingly, the address has been crossed out in favour of a later one, suggesting the labels were intended to be current as to address and might be seen as reliable tools for dating frames. The profile is almost extreme in its simplicity and the strength of the edge it presents. It occurs in numerous small sketches in the ledger of John Thallon for the years 1888–1903, particularly among the profiles associated with Frederick McCubbin, but spread across a broad range of artists. The slip can be compared to the one on the Thallon frame for E. Phillips Fox’s Henry Giles Turner (654-2).


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.