Collection Online
Medium
oil on paper on canvas on cardboard
Measurements
118.3 × 86.2 cm
Inscription
inscribed in black paint l.l.: G Sutherland.
inscribed in black paint on reverse: CLIFFROAD G. Sutherland.
Accession Number
2051-4
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1949
© the estate of Graham Sutherland
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
Not on display

Frame

Graham SUTHERLAND
Cliff road (1941)
Framemaker
Alfred Stiles
37 & 39 Brook Green Rd. Hammersmith
London W.6
Date
c.1941
Materials

timber, gold leaf, paint (gesso)

Condition

worn original condition

Graham SUTHERLAND
Cliff road (1941) Graham SUTHERLAND
Cliff road (1941) (colourman)
About

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.