- Left and right side of horizontal stretcher cross brace reverse
- CHARLES ROBERSON & CO./ARTISTS' COLOURMEN,/MANUFACTURERS OF WATER AND OIL COLOURS./Materials for Drawing & Painting,/99,LONG ACRE, LONDON.
- Paper label
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- National Portrait Gallery
J. & W. Vokins
14 & 16 Great Portland Street,
The frame is assembled from three basic wooden sections. Each section is mitred together with the mitres exposed on the front. The torus ornament is made by wrapping a composition layer of fine-scale imbricated laurel and berry around a wooden dowel. This section is attached to the leading edge with nails. The leaves are centred and cross-banded with bands also across the mitres at the corners. As a result the torus appears to be more ‘in the round’ than usual. The flat section on which it sits appears to have been burnished, which serves to reflect the underside of the torus section. Both the inner and outer scotia are burnished on a black bole. The working edge is gilded and the narrow flat is coated with fine sand. The slip appears to be water gilded. Three additional bands of composition decoration are used.
The painting and frame were restored in 2013.
- 151.0 x 212.0 x 10.0 cm; sight 120.5 x 181.5 cm
The frame presents a complex mixture of fine-scale working and pragmatic production methods. The style is largely classical revival. The maker is identified with stencils on the reverse.