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The Seine at St Pierre near Louviers: A morning in October

The Seine at St Pierre near Louviers: A morning in October
(La Siene à Sainte-Pierre, près Louviers; Matinée d'octobre)

oil on canvas
202.0 × 300.6 cm
inscribed in black paint l.r.: A. Nozal. (al underlined)
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1891
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

Exhibited, Salon, Paris, 1891, no. 1247; from where purchased, by John Longstaff, for the NGV, 1891[1].

[1] See ‘New picture for the National Gallery’, in The Argus, Melbourne, Thursday 17 September 1891, p. 7,

Exhibited, Salon, Paris, 1891, no. 1247.


This frame is believed to be the one used to present the painting at the Paris Salon of 1891 from which it was purchased by John Longstaff for the NGV. Though the maker remains un-identified it is reasonable to assume the frame was made in Paris.
The frame is built from large scale plaster decorative work applied to a wooden chassis. It takes the form of a cushion frame, using large scale imbricated laurel leaves to form a garland surrounding the image.
The leaf infill panel is oil gilded, the rest of the frame water gilded with burnished strap work, taenia, and the inner and outer coves.
The corners and centres of the reverse are braced with timber and the mitred corners secured with large, wooden cross-splines (inset and held with screws) and tie bolts inserted across the mitres with captured nuts.

This work is representative of the nineteenth century approach to building the collection through the acquisition of paintings contemporary with the date of purchase, either directly from the artist or from the Salon or Academy exhibition.

A very similar form of frame can be found on Emmanuel Phillips Fox, A Love Story, (1903) in the collection of the Ballarat Art Gallery. Dimensions101.8 x 152.7 cm.
If the Fox frame was made in Melbourne it is likely the Nozal frame is the prototype.

Unknown - 19th century

timber profile, plaster ornament and gold leaf


good original condition

H 2470mm x W 3470mm x D85mm


Location of stamp
Pencil inscription on vertical stretcher brace.
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