Collection Online
oil on canvas
47.2 × 39.1 cm
Accession Number
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


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

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.


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.

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

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.