inscribed in black paint l.r.: MAX MARTIN. 22 inscribed in blue ink on paper label on reverse: NAME / MAX MARTIN / ADDRESS / THE · LITTLE · STUDIO. / BIBLE ST ELTHAM. / TITLE / "PORTRAIT GROUP" / CATALOGUE No. / 1326
The artist stands with his elbow on the mantelpiece, his wife is seated on the left with the daughter standing between the parents.
Unknown - 20th century
carved timber, paint
The frame is made from a flat piece of timber, mitred at the corners and cross-nailed. The surface has been painted black and then given a textured pattern by carving repeated small scallops into the surface to reveal the timber. The decorative section is finished with a carved line toward the inner edge, provided a thin black line at the sight edge. It is likely these marks have been made with a small gouge on a scale similar to a lino-cutting tool. The frame is thought to have been hand finished by the artist. A painting with a small scale black frame appears on the wall in the background of the painting.