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Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
123.3 × 184.8 cm
Accession Number
p.306.6-1
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1878
Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

Colourmen

Colourman
ROBERSON
Location
Left and right side of horizontal stretcher cross brace reverse
Transcription
CHARLES ROBERSON & CO./ARTISTS' COLOURMEN,/MANUFACTURERS OF WATER AND OIL COLOURS./Materials for Drawing & Painting,/99,LONG ACRE, LONDON.
Medium
Paper label
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Frame

Richard ANSDELL; Thomas CRESWICK
England 1850
Framemaker
J. & W. Vokins
14 & 16 Great Portland Street,
London
Date
1878
Materials

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.

Condition

The painting and frame were restored in 2013.

Dimensions
151.0 x 212.0 x 10.0 cm; sight 120.5 x 181.5 cm
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Richard ANSDELL; Thomas CRESWICK
England 1850 Richard ANSDELL; Thomas CRESWICK
England 1850 (colourman)
About

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.