Technique and condition
Andrews painted this study for two larger paintings he did at Digswell. It is in artists' oil colours on a piece of previously painted, white commercially oil primed linen canvas cut from an abandoned, larger painting and stretched onto a stretcher after painting.
Painted directly and quickly onto the unmodified surface of the existing painting, it is one of a series Andrews describes as being 'much more freely and exaggeratedly painted than most of my earlier or later work.' The oil paint is vigorously brushed on, slightly thinned with a mixture of turpentine and linseed oil.
The painting is not varnished and is in good condition, the diagonal line of cracks crossing the lower right edge apparently resulting from folding the canvas before it was stretched in its present position. The painting was surface cleaned and its attachment to the stretcher improved on acquisition.
The black and gold painted and glazed frame in which the work was acquired was not the artists' choice and has been replaced by one designed in conjunction with him.