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The importunate neighbour
oil on canvas
36.4 × 51.7 cm
inscribed in brown paint l.c.r.: 9 whh (monogram) 5
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1905
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

Purchased from the artist, for the Felton Bequest, 1905.

Exhibited: Summer Exhibition, New England Art Club, London, 1900, no. 131; Exhibition of Oil Paintings by British & European Artists from the 17th Century to the Present Day, Centre for Adult Education, Melbourne, 1951, no. 10; Pre-Raphaelite Art, Adelaide Festival and State Art Galleries of Australia 1962, no. 43; Did I Love a Dream?, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1972, no. 6.


The fundamental form here is the Cassetta (or little box) frame with applied ornament. We might want to think this ornament is carved in the manner of ‘truth to materials’ but it is cast – pragmatically formed in moulds and adhered to the surface.
It nevertheless remains a predominantly linear border around the work – in this case adding a decorative motif to augment the image.
It is indicative of the decorative style of frames used by Hunt, using more or less conventional C19th framing materials and techniques but reducing the form to low relief and broad scale.

Unknown - 19th century

timber, composition, gold leaf


good original condition