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Annotated Bibliography of Frame Publications, 1995 to 2018 Photographs, miniatures, pastels, prints and drawings

Baker, Christopher, ‘The Prince, his tutor, and a rare portrait print: William Markham by James Heath', British Art Journal, vol.2, no.3, 2001, pp.36-8, 4 illustrations. On an early 19th-century engraving by Heath and its remarkable contemporary neo-classical trophy frame.

Bell, Nancy (ed.), Historic Framing and Presentation of Watercolours, Drawings and Prints (proceedings of conference held 1996), Institute of Paper Conservation, Leigh, Worcester, 1997, 57pp, 68 black and white illustrations. Six essays including David Alexander on the framing of English prints in the 18th century, Thea Burns on the framing of European pastels in the early 18th century, and Helen Dorey on framing at the Soane Museum.

Burns, Stanley B., Forgotten Marriage: The Painted Tintype & The Decorative Frame 1860-1910, The Burns Press, New York, 1995, 220pp, numerous illustrations. A fascinating survey of popular American photograph frames.

Burns, Thea, The Invention of Pastel Painting, 2007, 256pp, 64 illustrations. The chapter, ‘Presenting pastel portraits’, includes short sections on glazing, frames and the presentation of pastels, pp.131-44.

Hamey, Baldwin,William Miers, Maker of Miniature Frames, London Street Views (blog), 6 January 2016. An illustrated summary account of this silhouettist and miniature framemaker working in the Strand in the first half of the 19th century.

Hannavy, John, Case Histories: The Packaging and Presentation of the Photographic Portrait in Victorian Britain 1840-1875, Antique Collectors' Club, 2005, 144pp. This work, copiously illustrated in colour from the author's collection, is an exhaustive and informative consideration of portable daguerreotypes, tintypes, ambrotypes, etc, and the elaborate frames and cases which were produced to contain them. The factories, processes, workers and materials, including metal, lacquerwork, leather and early versions of plastics, are dealt with in detail. The last chapter, ‘The Family Album and the Framed Portrait', discusses the larger and more traditional wood or plaster frames made for non-portable photographs.

Holton, Timothy, ‘Close-framed Photographs', Picture Framing Magazine, October 2007, pp.62-6, 8 colour illustrations. Discusses a revival of the Arts and Crafts practice of framing photos and photogravures without a mount (or ‘mat'), usually in stained/ polished wood, and thus unifying more completely the image and its frame, and the whole work with its setting.

Hopkinson, Martin, 'The Lithographs of Whistler', Print Quarterly, vol.16, 1999, pp.87-8. A review of the 1998 exhibition of Whistler lithographs at the Art Institute of Chicago, reproducing an impression of Yellow House, Lannion, in its original frame, designed by Whistler. All the lithographs were exhibited in frames based on this example.

Hopkinson, Martin, ‘Whistler's First One-man Show in Venice', Print Quarterly, vol.19, March 2002, pp.63-4, 1 illustration. On a Whistler etching in its original frame designed by the artist.

McKechnie, Sue, British Silhouette Artists and their Work 1760-1860, 1978, pp.34-40, 48-51. An excellent survey of frame styles used for silhouettes, omitted from the bibliography in The Art of Picture Frame.

Mason, Pippa, 'The Framing and Display of Watercolours', Watercolours from Leeds City Art Gallery, exh. cat., Leeds City Art Gallery, 1995, pp.28-38, 5 illustrations. An excellent short survey of historical practice in framing watercolours.

Roberts, Lynn, Henry Bone: framing enamel paintings, The Frame Blog, 18 September 2015. A well-illustrated survey of the extraordinarily rich frames that the leading Regency miniaturist, Henry Bone, adopted for his large-scale enamel copies of old master paintings and British portraits.

Romanelli, Marco et al., Intorno alla fotografia: 37 cornici per 37 fotografi, Paris, Association Jacqueline Vodoz et Bruno Danese, exh. cat., 1998, 103pp, many illustrations. Short introductory essays followed by 36 photographs and their frames, of an arty or conceptual nature, described as follows in the publication itself: ‘Around photography presents a reflection on the relation between the image and frame, with twosomes linking photographers known for their original creativity to some of the most problematical contemporary designers. The result is a collection of unprecedented, one-off works. In it each photographic suggestion is reconsidered through the eyes of a designer and a "frame"'.

Schneider, Stuart, Collecting Picture and Photo Frames, Schiffer books, Atglen, PA, 1998, 176pp, fully illustrated in colour. Popular American photograph, print and miniature frames from 1840 to 1940.

Simon, Jacob, 'The production, framing and care of English pastel portraits in the eighteenth century', The Paper Conservator, vol.22, 1998, pp.10-20, 7 illustrations.

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