Hitchens's work in the twenties consisted of landscape and still life painted in a manner providing evidence of his interest in Cézanne and Matisse. By 1932 his still lifes had become more abstract revealing the influence of Cubism and particularly of Braque. 'Abstract Composition' is one of Hitchens's most abstract paintings and was executed in the year that the Seven and Five exhibition was open only to painters and sculptors of abstract works of art. Nevertheless Hitchens retained the vestiges of representation. This painting is based on a view of a garden seat on the right (three parallel lines), with some sunflowers in the centre.