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Hospital at Granada
(1912)

Artist/s name
Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
56.0 x 71.2 cm
Accession Number
1337-3
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1924
Gallery location
Not on display

Colourmen

Colourman
MEUNIER
Location
Upper right quadrant or reverse of canvas, and horizontal stretcher cross brace
Transcription
HENRI MEUNIER & Co./IMPORTERS OF ARTIST MATERIALS/26 EARL'S COURT ROAD W
Medium
Ink stamps
More information
National Portrait Gallery

Frame

John Singer SARGENT
Hospital at Granada (1912)
Framemaker
C. M. May & Son
134 Wardour Street, Soho,
London
Date
(1912)
Materials

The base of the frame is a wooden chassis with another wide, shaped profile forming the inner section. The mitred corners are braced on the reverse. The decorative work on the bevel is a pronounced composition section with undercut leaves along the leading edge. The surface is a mixture of burnished water gilding and matte oil gilding on the composition sections and outer section.

Condition

Worn but original condition throughout.

Dimensions
86.0 x 101.0 x 10.0 cm; sight 53.5 x 69.0 cm
More information
National Portrait Gallery
John Singer SARGENT
Hospital at Granada (1912) John Singer SARGENT
Hospital at Granada (1912) (colourman)
About

The frame, which is essentially derived from the Louis XIV style, is deceptively wide. The impression of width is reduced by the use of burnished gilding on the hollow of the inner section of the frame. The frame demonstrates a high level of craftsmanship both in the gilding and in the undercut composition work. May worked extensively for Sargent, producing frames that were noted for the quality of their gilding.1

Note

1 The company came into existence towards the end of the nineteenth century and traded until 1922. May advertised the use of both English and French craftsmen. See Jacob Simon, The Art of the Picture Frame, National Portrait Gallery, 1996, p. 135.