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Black Hill Moss
1919

Artist/s name
Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
45.6 x 81.4 cm
Accession Number
1049-3
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1920
Gallery location
Not on display

Colourmen

Colourman
NEWMAN
Location
Centre reverse of canvas
Transcription
NEWMAN.SOHO SQUARE.LONDON
Medium
Ink stamp
More information
National Portrait Gallery

Frame

Charles HOLMES
Black Hill Moss 1919
Framemaker
Charles Chenil & Co. Ltd.
183a King's Rd.,
Chelsea
Date
19191
Materials

The frame is assembled from simple profile sections of solid oak and gilded with gold leaf directly to the wood. The corners are mitred and nailed.

Condition

Good original condition throughout.

Dimensions
68.5 x 103.5 x 3.5 cm; sight 44.5 x 80.0 cm
Charles HOLMES
Black Hill Moss 1919 Charles HOLMES
Black Hill Moss 1919 (colourman)
About

This frame is reminiscent of the styles used by James Abott McNeill Whistler. It carries the look of a ‘Gallery’ frame and might be compared to the ‘Whistlerian’ model used by J. S. MacDonald in the uniform framing of the NGV’s Australian painting collection in the middle of the twentieth century. Holmes was Director of the National Portrait Gallery (London) from 1909 and Director of the National Gallery (London) 1916–28.2 Chenil & Co, identified here on the label as frame makers, are also noted as artist colourmen. A number of canvases in the collection carry their stencil.3 A fragment of another label on this frame appears to be from the Rowley Gallery which leaves some ambiguity about the source of the frame.

Notes

1 The company is at 183a from 1905. A synopsis of the company is provided on the website of the National Portrait Gallery, London. (www.npg.org.uk/live/artistsupp_c.asp)

2 Holmes was consultant to the Felton adviser Randall Davies from 1930 to 1934, and instrumental in the purchase of Rembrandt’s Self-portrait, subsequently re-attributed to an anonymous painter working in Rembrandt’s studio.

3 Their stencil appears on the reverse of the canvas of William Orpen’s The Chinese shawl, ( 1284-3); William Nicholson’s The black pansy, 1910, (2048-3); George Lambert’s Mrs A. P. Reed, 1917, (2913-4); George Lambert’s A sergeant of the Light Horse, 1920 (1182-3) and James Quinn’s John Tweed, sculptor, (327-4).