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Gainsborough's drawing style and subject matter have much been imitated by other artists, making attribution of this drawing difficult. The identification of the media used here is also difficult: it has the greyness of charcoal but also the hardness, striations and scratches most common with black chalk. The artist has worked quickly using long diagonal strokes broadly over the sheet to suggest the trees and foreground areas. In defining the cart with denser chalk lines he has evoked the motion of the wheel.

September 2004