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
Tom Roberts, A Moorish doorway, 1883, acquired in 2004, had been framed with a late twentieth century version of a seventeenth century Spanish or Italian style frame. Providing a new frame for the painting became a priority ahead of the exhibition Australian Impressionism in 2007.
A prototype for the frame was found on Una Muchacha, a work painted by Roberts on the same 1883 expedition to Grenada.
This frame carried the label of Blair and Co. of 28 Swanston Street (dating between 1885-6) and appeared to be the original presentation of the painting.
A reproduction of the frame was made to fit A Moorish doorway with the toning of the frame carried out using the Una Muchacha frame as a guide.
The painting was fitted in the frame in 2007.