Collection Online
oil on canvas
115.8 × 73.9 cm
Place/s of Execution
Box Hill, Victoria
inscribed in red paint l.l.: F McCubbin / 1886
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Felton Bequest, 1940
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Gallery location
Gallery 4
Ground Level, NGV Australia
Subjects (general)
Emotions and Mental States Human Figures Landscapes
Subjects (specific)
anxiety Australia (nation) children (people by age group) girls lost (status of property) scrublands suffering wooded landscapes
Australian Impressionism Heidelberg School


No evidence has yet come to light of the original framing of the 1886 painting Lost.  It was previously framed in the Whistlerian frame (see above image) introduced in 1937 to modernise the presentation of the NGV Australian painting collection.  The frame on Lost was most likely fitted in the 1940s, the frame being made by the John Thallon company.

The impetus to reframe the painting came in 2007 with the preparation of the 'Australian Impressionism' exhibition.

In the absence of documentary evidence for the early framing of the work, prototypes from paintings by McCubbin from the same date were put forward.  A McCubbin painting from 1886, Heath Paddock Hawthorn, in the Castlemaine Art Gallery & Historical Museum collection, is in its original frame, though the frame has been resurfaced.  Moulds and detailed measurements of this frame were made to produce the reproduction frame for Lost.

Reproduction - commissioned by the NGV

Wooden chassis with cast composition moulding.  Surface gilded and toned.