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Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
91.8 × 71.5 cm
Accession Number
1778-3
Department
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1925
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Gallery location
Not on display

Colourmen

Colourman
W&G DEAN
Location
Centre reverse of canvas
Transcription
W & G. DEAN/ARTIST COLORMEN/FRAMERS/EQUITABLE PLACE/MELBOURNE
Medium
Ink stencil

Frame

John LONGSTAFF
Jessica (c. 1925)
Framemaker
John Thallon
122 Little Collins Street,
Melbourne
Date
1896–171
Materials

The frame is made up of composition ornament on a wooden chassis, in the Louis XV style. The inner scotia was inlaid with open weave net prior to gilding. The surface is gilded with false gold in a matte finish throughout.

Condition

Good original condition, though the composition elements on the swept edges have sprung from the timber base.

Dimensions
117.8 x 96.9 x 10.0 cm; sight 90.1 x 69.4 cm
John LONGSTAFF
Jessica (c. 1925) John LONGSTAFF
Jessica (c. 1925) (colourman)
About

A variant on the popular Louis XV revival style, this time characterised by the use of net to texture the inner scotia and by elaborate detailing of the slip. A very similar frame appears on Longstaff’s Mrs John Connell, (656-2); nevertheless, both are in direct contrast to the other Thallon framing of Mrs Connell, (655-2). Another slight variation on the framing style is found on John Longstaff‘s Sir Leo Cussen, c. 1929, (0276/4). The dating of the label and the probable dating of the painting do not coincide. The frame is either re-cycled or the label does not reflect the date of manufacture of the frame. It nevertheless demonstrates the ongoing use of the Louis XV-style frame well into the twentieth century.

Note

1 Hilary Maddocks, ‘Picture Framemakers in Melbourne c. 1860–1930’ in vol. 1, Frames, Melbourne Journal of Technical Studies in Art, University of Melbourne Conservation Service, 1999.