Technique and condition

The canvas was prepared by the artist by stretching linen canvas from Russell and Chapple onto a stretcher manufactured by Bird and Davis. The stretcher had been used previously for another painting. The artist primed the stretched canvas with three or four brushed layers of Rowney's Acrylic Primer.

The composition was drawn onto the primed canvas in graphite pencil. Using Winsor and Newton's artists' oil colours thinned with turpentine 'the paint was worked into the surface of the canvas in a series of thin washes to create the mottled background' (Questionnaire, August 1993) and the flowers and vase painted over this.

The painting is not varnished or framed. The stretcher was replaced on acquisition.