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A mountain torrent
oil on canvas on plywood
74.5 × 112.5 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Joseph Brown Collection. Presented through the NGV Foundation by Dr Joseph Brown AO OBE, Honorary Life Benefactor, 2004
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 9
Level 2, NGV Australia


Reproduction, 2011, based on mid-19th century Tasmanian frames by William Wilson

A mountain torrent had been reframed in a loosely Louis XIV style frame made of composition and timber, with a patinated false gold surface (see image above).  The decision to reframe the painting reflected an increasing awareness of the frames used on paintings by John Glover augmented by the exhibition that toured Australia in 2004.

The new reproduction frame was based on a frame bearing the stamp of William Wilson in a private collection, and similar frames in the collections of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart. Two reproductions of this frame were made, the other used on Glover’s The River Nile Van Diemen's Land, from Mr Glover's farm (3359-4).

Moulds of the ornaments were taken from the Wilson frame in the private collection mentioned above and the Wilson frame on Mount Wellington with Orphan Asylum, Van Diemen's Land, in the NGV collection.

The painting was cleaned in 2011.


Reproduction - crafted by the NGV

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