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Portrait of a young girl
(1890)

Artist/s name
Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
47.2 x 39.1 cm
Accession Number
A19-1972
Department
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Mrs J. Richter, 1972
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display

Frame

Tom ROBERTS (attributed to)
Portrait of a young girl (1890)
Framemaker
Leighton Galleries (W. & G. Dean)
"Leighton House," 346 Little Collins St.
Melbourne, C.1
Date
(1890)
Materials

The frame is built on a simple wooden profile which has been mitred together.  It carries embellishments to the corners and centres made from composition.  The slightly convex frieze section carries a strap work pattern in composition.  The frame does not have a slip and appears to be simply based on a solid wooden section without a recessed rebate.

Condition

The frame has been completely resurfaced and has lost any sense of the original finish.  It would presumably have carried a surface of both burnished and matte gilding.

Dimensions
61.5 x 53.5 x 5.0 cm; sight 46.0 x 38.0 cm
About

The frame represents a merging of Louis XIV and “Lawrence” styles.  It might more reasonably be found on a work from the first half of the 19th century.  At the same time we can acknowledge this and the Louis XV style as being constants in the decorative frame idiom.  The association between the frame and the painting is not clear, the frame might be a later reframing, however the activities of W. & G. Dean as frame makers might be contained to only a few years around the date of the painting which gives some credibility to it being the first framing of the painting.