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The apple woman and her husband
oil on canvas
66.0 × 56.0 cm
inscribed in red paint u.l.: Mark. Gertler. / May. 1912
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1953
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
Not on display
Subjects (general)
Human Figures Relationships and Interactions
Subjects (specific)
apples (fruits) flat caps (headgear) harvesting headscarves men (male humans) moustaches peasants women (female humans)


Recently discovered on the back of the frame beneath a layer of brown paper is a label for frame maker Charles Chenil & Co.  As well as supplying artists’ materials and picture frames the establishment included the Chenil Gallery, an exhibition space for artists including Augustus John, William Nicholson and William Orpen.

The frame features ripple and wave ornament moulded in composition, in a style reminiscent of German 17th century frames. The surface is finished in false gold.  A similar style of gilded frame appears on Augustus John’s Robin c.1918-19, (1071-3) in the NGV collection. John also often used black-stained ripple moulded frames in a 17th century style.

Charles Chenil & Co. Ltd.