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The studio shrine
Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
61.5 × 47.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Melbourne, Victoria
Inscription
inscribed in brown paint l.c.r.: B. Hall
inscribed (vertically) in charcoal on reverse u.c.r.: Studio Shrine ((...illeg.))
Accession Number
247-4
Department
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1935
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Gallery location
Not on display

Frame

Original, John Thallon, Melbourne

One of the frames made for Bernard Hall by the Thallon company in its later years, under the direction of Ted Burman and using the Thallon label. All of the frames made for Hall have a distinct character and appear to have been selected specifically for the paintings they house.2 This one is in the manner of seventeenth- century Spanish frames. Hall was director of the NGV from 1892 to 1935. He was adviser to the Felton Bequest in 1934/35.

Notes

1 The 24 Market Lane address first appears in 1927. 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.

John Thalon died in 1918. His wife Jane maintained the business with Thallon’s foreman, Ted Burman, as manager. Somewhere between 1928 and 1931 Jane Thallon gave the business to Ted Burman who continued to run it under the name of John Thallon, through to the 1960s. (Claire Newhouse, ‘John Thallon 1848–1918’ in Melbourne Journal of Technical Studies in Art, University of Melbourne Conservation Service, 1999, pp. 81–98.)

2 In this instance, a near identical frame, also by this company, lacking only the centre ornaments, appears on A. M. E. Bale’s On guard (tulips), c. 1931, (4577-5), (this information courtesy of Melanie Carlisle) and another formerly on (British School) Portrait of a lady in rich attire (4694-3) which was reframed in 2011.

Framemaker
John Thallon (Ted Burman)
24 Market Lane, off Bourke Street, Melbourne
Date
19271
Materials

The frame consists of moulded composition corner ornaments on a wooden chassis. The ornaments are oil gilded, the reserves are painted black.

Condition

Good original condition throughout.

Dimensions
78.5 x 64.4 x 4.3 cm; sight 60.2 x 46.0 cm

Colourmen

Colourman
W&G DEAN
Location of stamp
Centre reverse of canvas
Transcript
W&G. DEAN./ARTIST'S COLORMEN/-FRAMERS-/EQUITABLE PLACE/MELBOURNE
Medium
Ink stencil