Technique and condition

A study for the oil painting The Last Judgement (Tate Gallery T01927) executed in pencil with some pen and ink over drawing on off-white wove paper. Done as a preparatory sketch for the lower half of the larger oil painting, a small flap of paper adhered to the lower right hand corner with an alteration to the main composition reflects Martin's working method. It is also of interest because the sheet had been cut down from a previously used piece. The verso shows part of the plans of one of Martin's engineering schemes for a water treatment works.

Generally in good condition with some discolouration and creasing of the support. There are small areas of skinning where the flap has been lifted and a general covering of dirt over the surface. On acquisition the work was lightly cleaned, pressed, inlaid and mounted.

Shulla Jaques
November 1997