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The heart of the Coolins, Isle of Skye

oil on canvas
112.8 × 184.0 cm
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1888
Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International


The heart of the Coolins, Isle of Skye 1886
W. A. Smith
20 & 22 Mortimer Street, Regent Street,
London W.

The frame is assembled from two timber profiles, held together with screws, both carrying composition ornament. The leading edge has a torus of imbricated laurel and berry formed around a wooden dowel. Both sections are joined with uncovered mitres at the corners which are re-enforced on the reverse with wooden blocks glued in place. The shallow cavettos either side of the torus are burnished as is the small scotia beside the run of leaf and dart ornament. The frame is gilded throughout, including the working edge. The composition sections are oil gilded. The rest of the frame is water gilded on a dark red bole, apart from the burnished sections which appear to have an extra layer of thin black bole.


The frame is in good original condition, with only minor losses to the ornament. A plaque has been removed at sometime and a section of burnished gilding, brighter than the areas which had not been covered, has been revealed.

153.0 x 223.5 x 15.5 cm; sight 111.0 x 182.5 cm
More information
National Portrait Gallery
The heart of the Coolins, Isle of Skye 1886 Keeley HALSWELLE
The heart of the Coolins, Isle of Skye 1886 (colourman)

This frame is in remarkably good condition and is a companion to the frame on Halswelle’s Welcome shade 1884 (p.312.4-1), purchased in 1887, which can safely be attributed to W.A. Smith. These frames are very likely the source for the frame made by Isaac Whitehead junior for James Pyne’s Pandy Mills, Wales (143-2). Two variations of this frame are found on Peter Graham’s An Easterly breeze, 1887 (p.312.2-1), acquired 1887 and After the Massacre of Glencoe, 1889 (p.315.1-1), acquired 1889.  See also the frame on William Hatherell’s The bailiff’s daughter of Islington (4308-3).