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To the workhouse

oil on canvas
91.0 × 61.2 cm
Place/s of Execution
London, England
inscribed in grey paint u.l.: E. M. Boyd / 91.
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Mrs Emma a'Beckett, 1893
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Gallery location
Not on display


Emma Minnie BOYD
To the workhouse 1891
Gill's Fine Art Gallery
No 1 Chapel Street, East St. Kilda,

Made up from composition ornaments on a wood chassis, the torus of the frame is laurel and berry banded at the centres and corners. There is a burnished gilded taenia at the sight edge. The slip is water gilded.


The frame has been over-painted with gold coloured paint from the sloping inner edge through to the working edge.

123.0 x 93.0 x 12.5 cm; sight 90.0 x 60.0 cm
Emma Minnie BOYD
To the workhouse 1891 Emma Minnie BOYD
To the workhouse 1891 (colourman)

This is the only labelled frame by this maker in the collection. The frame is an example of the possible variations on the classical revival style. The address on the label appears to date the frame some fifteen years after the work was acquired. An inscription in pen and ink on the reverse of the lower back edge reads: This Frame Made For W. A. C. a’ Beckett For The picture to The WORKHOUSE By Mrs. Emma Minnie Boyd, leaving little doubt the painting was framed prior to acquisition. This anomaly between dating frame makers’ addresses from business directories and the other evidence related to the work is not un-common.


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.