During the 1940s and 1950s Minton's work in painting and illustration ranged from poetic images of wartime England to large and sometimes heroic figure compositions. Minton was particularly interested in the psychological make-up of people he knew well and this is brought out most successfully in his intense portraits of young men made between 1946 and 1956. This work shows Kevin Maybury, an Australian friend of the artist and a carpenter at the Royal Court Theatre, where Minton was working as a stage designer at the time. The sitter is seen here in a workshop, holding a collapsible ruler with a saw and a T-square at his feet. Minton also made drawings of Maybury.