Collection Online
oil on canvas
152.8 × 102.2 cm
Place/s of Execution
London, England
inscribed in black paint l.r.: MAX MARTIN. 22
inscribed in blue ink on paper label on reverse: NAME / MAX MARTIN / ADDRESS / THE · LITTLE · STUDIO. / BIBLE ST ELTHAM. / TITLE / "PORTRAIT GROUP" / CATALOGUE No. / 1326
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE, Honorary Life Benefactor, 1995
© Veronica Martin
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
The artist stands with his elbow on the mantelpiece, his wife is seated on the left with the daughter standing between the parents.


Original, designed by the artist

The frame is made from a flat piece of timber, mitred at the corners and cross-nailed. The surface has been painted black and then given a textured pattern by carving repeated small scallops into the surface to reveal the timber. The decorative section is finished with a carved line toward the inner edge, provided a thin black line at the sight edge. It is likely these marks have been made with a small gouge on a scale similar to a lino-cutting tool. The frame is thought to have been hand finished by the artist. A painting with a small scale black frame appears on the wall in the background of the painting.

Unknown - 20th century

carved timber, paint