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Home again!
oil on canvas
128.1 × 102.6 cm
inscribed in brown paint l.r.: Frank. Holl. (underlined) 1881.
inscribed in pen and brown ink (inverted) on paper label on reverse (on stretcher) c.: F. Holl Esq ARA / 4 Camden Square
inscribed in pen and brown ink on paper label on reverse (on stretcher) c.: No.5. / "Home Again". / Frank Holl. A.R.A / 4. Camden Square / N. W. (N. W. underlined)
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1908
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Gallery location
Not on display

Commissioned from the artist by Sir Thomas Lucas (1822–1902), Ashtead Park and Lowestoft, 1881; his collection, until 1902; included in the Lucas sale, Christie's, London, 7 June 1902, no. 89; from where purchased by Arthur Tooth & Sons (dealer), London, 1902; with Arthur Tooth & Sons, until 1908; Exhibition of the British Art Gallery in conjunction with the Royal British-Colonial Society of Artists, London, Melbourne, 1908, no. 102; from where purchased, on the advice of Bernard Hall, for the Felton Bequest, 1908.

Exhibited Royal Academy, London, 1881, no. 401; A Special Selection from the Works of Frank Holl, RA, Winter Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, 1889, no 197  as Returned from the Wars 1881; British Art Exhibition, Melbourne, 1908, no. 102; Victorian Social Conscience, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 1976, no. 36; The First Fifty Years: 19th Century British Art from the Gallery Archives, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1992, no 6; Hidden Treasures, David Jones’ Art Gallery, Sydney, 1992.


Original, by J. & W. Vokins, London

The maker is identified by an ink stencil, located centre-bottom reverse: J & W VOKINS MAKERS 14 GREAT PORTLAND ST. It is one of a number of frames by Vokins in the collection. Some of these were ordered by the NGV at, or soon after, the acquisition of the paintings. Unfortunately, the artist and title are not always recorded in the accounts and there are likely to be more frames by the company in the collection than we have been able to account for.

J. & W. Vokins
14 Great Portland St, London

The frame is built up from a wooden chassis with applied composition ornamental sections. Both the wooden structure and the decoration are joined as mitres across the corners, including the ogee frieze section. The torus of imbricated laurel and berry is banded on the corners. The basic structure amounts to two sections with the addition of a slip. The working edge is formed by the addition of a wooden batten to the reverse. Spacer blocks re-enforce the centres and corners on the reverse, between the two primary sections of the profile.


The basic structure and decorative scheme is intact. The surface has been completely reworked and the intended appearance of the original is lost.

170.5 x 145.5 x 14.0 cm; sight 126.3 x 100.5 cm
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Location of stamp
Lower left of reverse of loose lining canvas
Ink stamp
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