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While daylight lingers
oil on canvas
35.7 × 56.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Heidelberg, Victoria
inscribed (diagonally) in red paint l.r.: ChAS (underlined) CONDER / MELBOURNE. 1890
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Bequest of Mrs Mary Helen Keep, 1944
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Gallery location
Gallery 3
Ground Level, NGV Australia
Subjects (general)
Agriculture Landscapes
Subjects (specific)
agricultural land domestic sheep (species) grass (plant material) livestock men (male humans) sheep farms trees
Australian Impressionism Heidelberg School


The former framing of Conder, While daylight lingers, 1890, (formerly Yarding sheep) acquired in 1944, is in the Louis XIV style. The form and finish of this frame is commonly associated with the re-framing of the French Impressionist painters and it is not hard to draw a line between the presentation of those paintings and the corresponding works of Australian art. As a framing style it reflects a shift in the presentation of paintings to suit a market.
There is ample photographic evidence for the early and often original presentation of Australian paintings of the nineteenth century. Giving pictures back the borders that were current when they were painted often brings surprising changes in our perception of space and composition.

The frame proposed was a replica of the frame from Ricketts Point. The frame was commissioned in 2004.
The chassis of the frame was machined from Queensland maple and sugar pine, gessoed and supplied as cut lengths but not joined.
The joinery, ornamentation and finishing was carried out at the NGV.
The re-framing coincided with cleaning and restoration of the painting in 2004.
The restored painting was fitted in the frame May 2005.

Reproduction - commissioned by the NGV

Queensland maple and sugar pine