Collection Online
In Morocco
oil on canvas
200.0 × 174.7 cm
inscribed in grey paint l.l.: J. Lavery (avery underlined)
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1915
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International


The frame on In Morroco is notable for a number of features. It uses a thin slip, curved at each corner, to create something of the effect of the presentation of a photographic image. The flat of the frame is rich with incised and punched gilded decorative work in the manner of Florentine frames from the C16th. Basically cassetta in form, the inner edge is defined by a ribbon pattern and the outer edge with a small scale imbricated leaf. The centres of the flats feature recessed panels. It is possible the frame is a hybrid of styles made for the painting by re-combining old frame elements into a new form. There are clear indications of diagonal cuts through the frame on all sides, which while cleverly matching the pattern, indicate the frame is cut down from a larger format. While the source of the frame remains ambiguous the relationship to the painting remains strong.

The painting was cleaned in 2004.

Unknown - 20th century

carved timber, composition and gold leaf


cut down and re-assembled