Technique and condition

The 'C' grade canvas was primed and stretched by C. Roberson and Co Ltd. The cotton canvas is single primed with a white oil ground and attached to an expandable stretcher with galvanised tacks.

The oil paints used are Roberson's artists' colours thinned only in some of the initial brushed applications. The majority of the paint is applied with a palette knife in discrete, impasted strokes leaving delicately lipped edges where the knife has been drawn away from the canvas. The colours are often intermixed on the canvas during painting. Some areas were scraped down before making further applications and many small areas of primed canvas remain uncovered, especially towards the perimeter.

The painting is unvarnished and in good condition. Not framed on acquisition, after consultation with the artist, a simple painted wood frame has been fitted.

Roy Perry