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Numb fingers working while the eye of morn is yet bedimmed with tears
1888

Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
46.0 × 66.2 cm
Place/s of Execution
Melbourne, Victoria
Accession Number
A14-1972
Department
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Dr Margaret Sutherland, 1972
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Gallery location
Not on display

Frame

Jane SUTHERLAND
Numb fingers working while the eye of morn is yet bedimmed with tears 1888
Framemaker
John Thallon
209 Little Collins Street East,
Melbourne
Date
1888
Materials

The frame is based on a tapering wooden flat, veneered with oak and mitred at the corners, giving a concave bevel to the veneered section. The torus ornament is cast composition, small-scale laurel and berry. The outer section carrying the ornament sits on top of the flat.

Condition

All the surfaces have been reworked, including the veneer section, which is now very dark.

Dimensions
73.5 x 94.5 x 4.5 cm; sight 43.5 x 64.5 cm
Jane SUTHERLAND
Numb fingers working while the eye of morn is yet bedimmed with tears 1888 Jane SUTHERLAND
Numb fingers working while the eye of morn is yet bedimmed with tears 1888 (colourman)
About

Though the frame has been resurfaced it is still representative of a style derived from the basic cassetta form. It was likely to have originally been similar in finish to the frame on Norman Macgeorge’s Mother-of-pearl (258-2). The dark timber veneer contrasts with the oil-gilded ornament. This is the frame listed in Thallon’s ledger on 13 October 1888, under Miss Sutherland, thus: 1 frame wide oak with gold (M) outside [laurel dark with 1 (in.) flat] the whole to be 5 ½ (in.) wide 26 x 18 R. The frame cost £2.12.