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Still life
oil on canvas
46.5 × 35.5 cm
inscribed in black paint l.c.r.: Geo Lance. 1830.
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1883
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International

With Alexander Fletcher (framer-gilder-dealer-restorer), Melbourne, by 1883; from whom purchased for the NGV, 1883.

Exhibited Travelling Exhibition No. 1, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1950 (n.n.); Exhibition of Oil Paintings by British and European Artists, Centre for Adult Education, Melbourne, 1954, no.6.

The English painter George Lance was a great admirer of seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish still life. Initially trained as a history painter, he was, like his contemporary Charles Darwin (1809–82) obsessed with natural history, undertaking many courses in anatomical dissection. In keeping with the scientific trends of his day, Lance was less interested in the moral elements of Dutch still lifes than in their empirical observation of nature. Lance became the most successful painter of this genre in Britain. He was courted by the great houses of England, and painted the prize fruit and vegetables of Woburn and Blenheim.


The former framing of the painting was a re-worked nineteenth century frame which had been given a 1920’s stippled surface.
The frame used as a prototype for the new frame was a smaller scale, simple scotia frame found on Duparc, Portrait of an old lady, (551-4).
The frame was made in Brisbane, finished to the gilded stage and toned at the NGV.
It was fitted to the painting in January 2010.
The reframing of Still life coincided with the cleaning and restoration of the painting in 2008.

Reproduction - commissioned by the NGV

timber, composition and gold leaf