Technique and condition
The paint structure in the rest of the figures varies more. The coat of the little boy on the far left, for example, was modelled first in shades of opaque dull green before being scumbled over in pink and red so that it would read as a shot fabric. The girl's grey frock appears to have been painted in one layer only, all the tonal modulations being done wet-in-wet. Margam's green coat was painted first in an opaque dull green before being worked up in the brighter mixtures we see. Where there are two layers in this picture, it would seem that the underlayer was at least touch dry before being painted over; and no intermediate layers of varnish or oil are visible in cross-sections. The sky and landscape were done in one layer, wet-in-wet. The smooth brushwork on the faces with a few traces of hatching-marks is very characteristic of Ramsay's work in this period.
The painting is in very good condition. It was cleaned before acquisition and has only localized, very minor areas of retouching. The varnish is a modern, synthetic resin. The stretcher, which is adjustable at the inner corners and at the diagonal corner braces, probably dates from the early to mid nineteenth century. It is possible that the glue lining is contemporary with it.