Technique and condition
The paint is oil and was applied over the stretched face of the canvas. The edges of the painted area are extremely precise, with no drips or smudges visible around the edges. The paint appears to have been applied directly onto the priming with no indication of any initial drawing. The paint application was carried out exclusively by brush and in a very careful manner. Most areas seem to have been built up in a number of very thin layers and much blending ('wet-in-wet' technique) was used, for example in the hair and flesh. The paint was often applied as glazes (the gloss and transparency of the layers has been kept relatively high), although some opaque colours have also been applied as scumbles. Virtually no impasto is visible apart from a single tiny area of paint (in her hair, just to the lower right of mouth). In all areas the canvas weave is still very apparent. The surface gloss is reasonably high especially in background (but not as high as T07432).
The painting is in excellent condition. On acquisition the rear of the painting was given further protection with an insert of a polyester sailcloth.