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oil on canvas
149.0 × 240.5 cm
inscribed in brown paint l.l.: G. Barret / 1781
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1933
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International


English, late 18th century

The frame on Barret’s View of Windermere Lake, early morning is more than likely the frame used to present the painting at the Royal Academy in 1781. Unlike the frame for Wright of Derby’s The Synnot Children from the same date, this frame is an example of the transition from carved timber to the use of cast composition ornament. Though largely carved from timber, elements of the surface have been made with composition. While the leaf ornament of the leading edge and part of the run of leaves on the inner scotia are carved in timber, the inner scotia leaves and the detail on the back edge are moulded and glued in place.
The painting was cleaned and restored in 1987.

Unknown - 18th century

Wood, composition, gold leaf