Detail from The Canal, Amsterdam, 1889, James McNeill Whistler, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow


Frederick Henry Grau

Nationality: British
Date of birth: 1859
Place of birth: St Pancras
Date of death: 1892
Place of death: Chelsea
Category: frame-maker


He was a frame-maker, based in London. In 1891 he was at 570 Fulham Road, Chelsea.


He made many of Whistler's frames, particularly for the 1892 Goupil exhibition, including Grey and Silver: Old Battersea Reach y046, Chelsea in Ice y053, Grey and Silver: Chelsea Wharf y054, Caprice in Purple and Gold: The Golden Screen y060, Blue and Silver: Trouville y066, Crepuscule in Flesh Colour and Green: Valparaiso y073, Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Painter's Mother y101, Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle y137, Nocturne: Grey and Silver y156, Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Gardens y166 Nocturne: Black and Gold - The Fire Wheel y169, Nocturne: Trafalgar Square - Snow y173, Arrangement in Black: Girl Reading y223, The Boy in a Cloak y512.


Simon, Jacob, British picture framemakers, 1600-1950, National Portrait Gallery website.