Technique and condition
The figure was sketched out first with charcoal sticks and pastel crayons, then the background was painted in bronze paint. The brown paint used for the shadows was applied last and the numerous marks, drips and runs found throughout the background appear to be a combination of intent and accident, while creating a decorative contrast to the central figure drawing. The extent to which the bronze paint has tarnished is presently unknown, particularly where there are additions of brown paint. Certain areas have been retouched with bronze powder, or possibly gold paint, most noticeable over the area of extensive structural damage along the left hand edge.
The process of attaching the paper supports to the stretched canvas may have been carried out after completion of the drawing and possibly by a picture framer. This act is largely responsible for the present structural damage, such as the dramatic splits in the paper supports. Other damages include stab holes, various losses and water stains, which are less easy to explain, particularly as the picture has been glazed for a considerable time. An assessment of the drawing on acquisition proposes structural treatment to the support and frame to improve the picture's immediate environment.