View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
- Ink and watercolour on paper
- Support: 115 x 185 mm
- Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
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