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Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
36.5 × 61.5 cm
Accession Number
p.300.16-1
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased by the Commissioners of Fine Arts for Victoria, 1864
Gallery location
Not on display

Colourmen

Colourman
REEVES & SONS
Location
Centre reverse of canvas
Transcription
REEVES & SONS./Manufacturers./-113-/CHEAPSIDE London
Medium
Ink stencil
More information
National Portrait Gallery

Frame

John HERRING
Horses and pigs (c. 1864)
Framemaker
Isaac Whitehead
87 Collins Street East
Melbourne
Date
1867-78
Materials

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.

Condition

The surface carries a lot of spotting and staining but apart from minor repairs is largely original.

Dimensions
56.0 x 82.5 x 7.0 cm; sight 34.0 x 61.0 cm
About

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.