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Milton, when a youth
(c. 1796-1799)

Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
128.0 × 103.0 cm
Accession Number
E1-1981
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1981
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
Special Exhibitions Gallery
Ground Level, NGV International

Frame

Henry FUSELI
Milton, when a youth (c. 1796-1799)
Framemaker
Reproduction - commissioned by the NGV
Date
2000
Materials

Jelutong, European lime, Quebec Yellow pine and 23.5 carat gold leaf.

Henry FUSELI
Milton, when a youth (c. 1796-1799)
About

The former framing of Fuseli Milton, when a youth, c.1796-99, was made in 1981, at the time of acquisition (the painting was acquired unframed). A file card notes the frame being made from ‘Australian red pine. Silver gilded and artificially patinated.’ It is a hybrid style with no apparent historical precedent or relationship to the frames Fuseli may have used. (above)
Considerable research was undertaken, starting in 1998, to determine a new frame for the Fuseli.
Correspondence with the John Soanes Museum, London, the Royal Academy, London and Tate Gallery, London, sought to resolve a prototype for the frame, based on an original framing of a Fuseli from a similar date.
The frame chosen to reproduce for the NGV painting came from a Fuseli in Tate Gallery, ‘The Shepherds Dream’.
The frame, hand carved in timber and gilded with 23.5 carat gold, was made in London. (top)
The frame was fitted to the painting in 2000.