Alfred Stiles 37 & 39 Brook Green Rd. Hammersmith London W.6
timber, gold leaf, paint (gesso)
worn original condition
The frame on Cliff road came into the collection with the painting in 1949.
It consists of a simple, broad flat profile with sight-edge bevel. Thick layers of off-white gesso, toned pink, have been applied over a distressed water-gilded surface. The intentional rubbing away of the surface to reveal underlying colours and finishes was a technique employed by Sutherland in his framing. The slip is covered with a coarse hessian fabric, a variation on the canvas flats and linen slips introduced in the 1930’s. It is possible the basic form of the frame is re-cycled and once formed a large scale gilded slip.