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oil on canvas
58.5 × 76.5 cm
inscribed in red paint l.l.: W Russell-
Accession Number
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1933
© the artist s estate
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
Subjects (general)
Human Figures Interiors Performing Arts
Subjects (specific)
audiences balconies brown (colour) music (performing arts genre) music halls performances (creative events) seating theatres (buildings)


Original, by Chapman Bros., London

Frames like this one, derived from French Louis XIV and XV models, are common through the late nineteenth century and into the twentieth century. They remain popular to this day and reflect a taste for the seventeenth century and eighteenth century as a period of rich and expensive ornament, adding value to art by association. The gadrooning of the leading edge offers an Italian note to the design. Variations on this framing type are associated with French Impressionism, though they are a considerable distance from the styles the artists originally espoused. In the example shown here there is an empathetic relationship between the subject of the painting and the style of the frame.

Chapman Bros.
241 King's Rd. Chelsea

The frame is built from composition mouldings on a wooden chassis. The chassis is a profiled softwood section, mitred at the corners. The gilding is matte throughout, on a red bole. A layer of size has been used to tone the gilding.


The frame is in good original condition, despite minor losses and abrasions of the surface.

76.5 x 94.5 x 8.5 cm; sight 57.5 x 75.0 cm
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