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Madame Pfund
oil on canvas on composition board
142.7 × 98.9 cm
Place/s of Execution
Melbourne, Victoria
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1948
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Subjects (general)
Philosophy, Scholarship, Learning and Teaching Portraits
Subjects (specific)
bustles educators folding fans patrons (philanthropists) profiles (figures) single-sitter portraits three-quarter-length figures women (female humans)
Australian Impressionism Heidelberg School


Madame Pfund by Tom Roberts, had been framed with a Louis XIV composition frame, dated to the 1920s and consistent with the early reframing of Buvelot's Summer afternoon, Templestowe (p.300.5-1) and Charles Condor's While daylight lingers (1391-4).  Painted and distressed composition variants of the Louis XIV style remained current for many years and frames like this might easily have been produced through the 1940s.

The reframing of the painting became a priority in the preparation for a Tom Roberts retrospective exhibition in 1996-7.

The frame selected as a prototype for Madame Pfund appeared on Tom Roberts' Louise, daughter of the Hon L.L. Smith (4647-3).  This project coincided with the reframing of Roberts' Lily Stirling (A13-1980) and Evening when the quiet east flushes faintly with the sun's last look (1375-4).

The frame, made from Jelutong, water gilded and distressed, was fitted to the painting in 1996.

Reproduction - commissioned by the NGV

Jelutong wood profile, water gilded.