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The temptation of Christ

oil on canvas
75.5 × 55.0 cm
inscribed in brown paint l.c.l.: Ary Scheffer / 1854
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1886
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Gallery location
Not on display

Collection of John Farnworth (d. c. 1869), Woolton, near Liverpool, by c. 1869; Estate of John Farnworth, until 1874; included in Farnworth sale, Christie's London, 18 May 1874, no. 69; from where purchased by Agnew's (dealer), London, 1874; sold to E. M. Buxton, 1874; collection of E. M. Buxton, 1874-79; with Agnew's (dealer), London, by 1879; sold to William Graham (1817–85), 1879; collection of William Graham, Glasgow, until 1885; included in William Graham sale, Christie's, London, 2–10 April 1886 (sold 2 April), no. 83; from where purchased, by Alfred Taddy Thompson, for the NGV, 1886.


The temptation of Christ 1854
Reproduction - commissioned by the NGV
The temptation of Christ 1854

Ary Scheffer, The Temptation of Christ, (1854) acquired 1886, had been reframed at some time in a wooden profile frame of Whistlerian form, painted white and distressed to expose areas of the timber. The proposal to reframe the painting came in advance of the preparation of paintings for the rehang of the second floor galleries in the manner of a dense Salon hang.
After exploring several sources of frames on paintings by Scheffer, the frame chosen for this project was a finely fluted scotia frame found on Ary Scheffer’s Charles Dickens, 1855, in the National Portrait Gallery, London. Drawings, photographs and impressions of parts of the detail were sent to the NGV by the NPG, London. These details were used for the construction and gilding of the frame by an external contractor. The surface finishing was carried out at the NGV.
The painting was fitted in the frame in August 2008.