Horses and pigs
- REEVES & SONS
- Centre reverse of canvas
- REEVES & SONS./Manufacturers./-113-/CHEAPSIDE London
- Ink stencil
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- National Portrait Gallery
87 Collins Street East
The frame is built on a chassis of solid timber butt-mitred at the corners with applied composition ornament. The surface is matte gilded throughout with the exception of the taenia which is burnished on a black bole.
The surface carries a lot of spotting and staining but apart from minor repairs is largely original.
- 56.0 x 82.5 x 7.0 cm; sight 34.0 x 61.0 cm
This frame was thought to be the early framing of this work because of the uncommon elongated format, however the sight dimensions of the frame do not match the rebate damage in the paint layer. The scotia ornament is one of Whitehead’s standard forms. The torus ornament of a vine stem and the corner elements of berries and ivy leaves are reminiscent of the decorative work on the unlabelled frame on Nicholas Chevalier’s Buffalo Ranges (p.300.7-1). The frame was put together with the painting in 2003 as a reflection of the gallery’s approach to framing the early acquisitions of the 1860s. On a number of occasions, early purchases from England were framed by local frame makers, Whitehead, Stevens and Fletcher being most represented.