inscribed in white paint l.r.: Duffy inscribed (vertically) in pen and ink on paper label on reverse c.l.: Loui(...illeg.) / 23 St (...illeg.) ad / Le inscribed (vertically) in pen and ink on paper label on reverse c.r.: PassengerTrain (underlined) / Louis (underlined) C. Duffy / 23 / 23 (...illeg.) St Mary's Road / Leamington (Lea underlined) / (...illeg.) ar (...illeg.) shire
The frame on Louis Duffy’s painting Buyers and sellers (Christ driving out the money changers) came with the painting at the time of acquisition in 2006. The frame is constructed from a wooden profile with a stippled gesso/painted finish. The frame is most likely the original presentation of the work. An inscription on the reverse of the canvas reads: L Duffy followed by Stiles. It is likely Stiles is the frame maker Alfred Stiles & Sons, who received the commission to make frames for the war artists. The frame carries splashes of the shellac coating that covered the painting prior to cleaning.
The profile of the frame is one that would have carried decorative mouldings along the flat sections in a previous generation of frame making.
The painting was cleaned in 2007.