Collection Online
Portrait of Thomas Holroyd, Esq.
86.8 × 56.3 cm
Accession Number
International Prints and Drawings
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Miss H.S. Chamberlain, 1938
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)
Subjects (specific)
coats (garments) cravats full-length figures gentlemen men (male humans) walking sticks


J. H. Chance
28 London St, Fitzroy Square London

A discoloured and partly concealed frame maker’s label was discovered in 2019 during the photography of this watercolour by George Richmond. The paper backing was carefully removed to reveal the entire label for London frame maker J. H. Chance. The address ‘84 Charlotte St., Rathbone Place’ had been crossed out and ‘28 London St./ Fitzroy Square’ was written in pencil on the right and left sides of the label, indicating a date of around 1843 when the frame maker moved business premises.

The on-line resource British picture framemakers,1600-1950 on the National Portrait Gallery, London, website notes that James Henry Chance was a distant relative and friend of the artist George Richmond. Chance made many frames for George Richmond from the 1840’s to the 1870’s.


Gilded frame incorporating an inner frame with a curved top. The frame is decorated with a sanded frieze and compo ornament at the corners and centres composed of floral motifs and c-curves. The frame retains its original gilding including oil gilding and water gilding (matte and burnished).