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Donnelly Creek, Healesville
oil on canvas
(100.6 × 44.0 cm)
Place/s of Execution
Healesville, Victoria
inscribed in black paint l.r.: R E Taylor Ghee / 95
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1895
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Gallery location
Not on display


Original, by W. & G. Dean, Melbourne

We might regard this frame as a commercial production, where a profile section, which is likely to have been imported from a catalogue, has been cut and joined. 2 This represents a common method for the production of frames, as much in use at the end of the nineteenth century as it is today.


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.

2 Mouldings similar to this abound in trade catalogues, for example The 1910 Morell Catalog, reproduced by Dover publications in 1991.

W. & G. Dean Melbourne

The frame is made from a pre-formed profile where the composition torus moulding of repeating splayed oak and acorns sits over a half-dowel wooden section. The wood was gessoed prior to the addition of the composition. (A damaged section of the torus exposed the method of manufacture.) The profile is mitred at the corners with no attempt to integrate or cover the join. The small-scale ogee of the sight edge of the outer frame is burnished in a lemon gold. The slip is gilded with the same leaf but remains matte. The remainder of the frame is matte-gilded with a more orange leaf.


Missing sections of the torus were restored in 2003.

120.0 x 64.0 x 5.0 cm; sight 101.0 x 44.0 cm