Technique and condition

The painting is executed in oil paint on canvas prepared by the London colourmen Reeves & Sons of an open weave type, and is tacked to a four member stretcher. The ground layer is light grey in colour. Initial paint applications were in the form of thinly applied fluid washes, the lightly impastoed and more opaque paint being used as the painting progressed. Retouching varnish is present but there would appear to be no overall protective varnish.

The straight moulded frame with distressed off white preparation is most probably original. Its appearance is particularly appropriate for the painting. The frame has been fitted with glass or with acrylic glazing since 1985. Only preventive treatment was carried out at the time of acquisition. The condition of the painting is generally good, the few instances of cracking appear to relate to careless handling and reflect its much travelled history and general popularity.

Peter Booth
1994