A painting’s frame is often an artwork itself.

Lillie Williamson, born in Melbourne, was a celebrated frame-maker working in the early twentieth century. Holly McGowan-Jackson, Senior Conservator of Frames and Furniture, shares insights into Williamson’s design sketches, working process and achievements.

Image credit
Tom Roberts
Portrait of Mrs Tom Roberts 1910
oil on canvas
74.1 x 60.8 cm (support); 96 x 84 cm (frame)
National Portrait Gallery, Australia.
Purchased with the assistance of the Circle of Friends 2013

Related exhibition:
She-Oak and Sunlight: Australian Impressionism