National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Joseph Brown Collection. Presented through the NGV Foundation by Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE, Honorary Life Benefactor, 2004
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Wooden chassis with cast composition moulding. Surface gilded and toned.
A mountain torrent had been reframed in a loosely Louis XIV style frame made of composition and timber, with a patinated false gold surface (see image above). The decision to reframe the painting reflected an increasing awareness of the frames used on paintings by John Glover augmented by the exhibition that toured Australia in 2004.
The frame used as the prototype to build a reproduction frame for the painting was made by the Tasmanian frame maker William Wilson and found on Glover’s Swilker Oak, in the collection of Clarendon Homestead, Launceston, Tasmania. Two reproductions of this frame were made, the other used on Glover’s The River Nile Van Diemen’s Land, from Mr Glover’s farm (3359-4).
Moulds of the ornaments were taken from a Wilson frame in a private collection and the Wilson frame on William Pritchard Weston by Robert Dowling in the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston.