- oil on canvas
- 91.8 × 71.5 cm
- Accession Number
- Australian Painting
- Credit Line
- National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1925
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
- Gallery location
- Not on display
122 Little Collins Street,
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.
Good original condition, though the composition elements on the swept edges have sprung from the timber base.
- 117.8 x 96.9 x 10.0 cm; sight 90.1 x 69.4 cm
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.
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.