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oil on canvas on (cardboard)
34.5 × 44.7 cm
inscribed in brown paint l.r.: WILL ASHTON.
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1925
© Estate of the artist
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Gallery location
Not on display


Original, by S. A. Parker, Sydney

The framing of this oil painting is in a manner we might logically associate with a work on paper. The narrow outer section, relative to the broad flat, is more commonly used to present watercolours. This is a reversal of the practice noted elsewhere in this publication of presenting works on paper in the formats associated with oil paintings on canvas. The frame carries a pencil inscription on the reverse: CC 1518, which relates to the moulding labelled 1618–13/4 in S. A. Parker’s Framing Works, AGNSW, 2003, p. 79. The moulding on the Ashton is 1½ ins., suggesting 1518 is a smaller size of the 1618 moulding.


1 The label is a type identified by Paula Dredge and Lindsay Parker as dating c. 1922–27. (S. A. Parker Framing Works, AGNSW, 2004.)

S. A. Parker
219 George St. North, Sydney

The frame uses composition for all the decorative work, including the face of the swept edges. The basic form is of timber and the back frame is lap-joined on the reverse. The surface of the outer frame is stippled in the hollow. The wide flat is made from a single timber section. The frame appears to be surfaced with false gold throughout.


The frame is in largely original condition. Repairs to the ornaments have been completed digitally for this publication.

52.9 x 63.1 x 4.9 cm; sight 32.7 x 42.8 cm