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Blue solitudes
watercolour on paper on board
36.8 × 53.3 cm (image and sheet)
Accession Number
International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1901
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of the Joe White Bequest
Gallery location
Not on display
Subjects (general)
Landscapes Marines and Seascapes
Subjects (specific)
cliffs coastlines coves (bodies of water) escarpments (landforms) oceans rocks (landforms)
Original, by Chapman Bros., London


This is a completely intact original framing for this watercolour, including the thin wooden panel used to protect the reverse. The frame is simple in form, making use of reeding and gilding direct to oak, carrying a loose relationship to the frames of James Abott McNeill Whistler and Edgar Degas. The wide, gilded mount was in use from early in the nineteenth century. It is a common feature in the presentation of watercolours.

Chapman Bros.

This frame has a simple profile, mitred and pinned at the corners, gilded with gold leaf direct to the oak timber. The framing features the original cardboard matt, which is gilded with gold leaf and finished with a matte size. The bevel of the matt is also gold. The backing-board is made from two wide, thin planks of wood pinned into the rebate with flat, forged nails and taped with brown paper around the edges.


Good original condition throughout.

60.3 x 77.2 x 2.2 cm; sight 52.5 x 69.5 cm; flat sight 35.5 x 52.5 cm
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