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The Queen's bouquet
oil on canvas
122.1 × 152.9 cm
Place/s of Execution
Melbourne, Victoria
inscribed in brown paint c.r.: B. Mouchette
inscribed on plaque attached to frame: Oh ! cette main sanglante empreinte sur le mur / pour m'apporter les fleurs qu'on me refuse / C'est aux pointes de fer qu'il s'est blesse sans doute. / Un morceau de dentelle y pendait ! / Ruy Blas Acte 2nd / VICTOR HUGO / Painted by / BERTHE MOUCHETTE / 1891
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Accessioned, 1995
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Gallery location
Not on display


Original, by Isaac Whitehead Jr., Melbourne

Though the label simply indicates Isaac Whitehead, the frame comes from the time when the business was run by Isaac Whitehead junior. Stylistically, the frame is not the type associated with Isaac Whitehead senior. It belongs to a nineteenth-century revival of classical forms, which we also see in the frames for Rupert Bunny’s Sea idyll (p.399.1-1) and J. B. Pyne’s Pandy Mills, Wales, 1847 (143-2).


1 Hilary Maddocks, ‘Picture Framemakers in Melbourne c. 1860–1930’ in vol. 1, Frames, Melbourne Journal of Technical Studies in Art, University of Melbourne Conservation Service, 1999.

Isaac Whitehead (Jnr.)
178 Collins Street East, Melbourne

The frame is built using composition ornaments on a wooden base. The chassis is joined with mitres braced on the reverse. The underlying timber profile uses battens attached to both the back edge and sight edge to form the working edge and the rebate margin respectively. This pragmatic approach to building the complex form of frame profiles appears in various ways in the making of frames but it is well demonstrated in the construction of this large-scale section. The surface is gilded throughout with gold leaf. The working edge is painted. The slip is water gilded on red bole. The inner taenia is burnished on grey bole and the banding of centres and corners is burnished on red bole. The inner scotia pattern repeat is 32.0 cm, or five leaf motifs.


Good original condition throughout, with minor repairs to losses in the composition, notably the banding.

170.5 x 201.8 x 16.0 cm; sight 120.8 x 151.0 cm