The frame of J.M.W. Turner’s Val D’Aosta is notable for its rarity and early date: most of Turner’s works, including those in the Turner bequest at the Tate, have been separated from their original frames. The Soane picture was bought direct from Turner’s gallery and remains in the frame chosen by the artist -as does the Turner Van Tromp painting bought by Soane in the 1830s.
The collection includes a fine group of 18th and early 19th century frame styles and also includes the frames Soane designed for the works he exhibited each year at the Royal Academy - rare examples of architect-designed picture frames.
The frames at the Soane are rare and important examples of historic framing techniques, many retaining makers labels, early 19th century paper linings and original backboards. Many frames have not been opened since they were made.