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Technique and condition
Watercolour sketch in brown, ochre, red and black on a medium weight, wove, blue, rag paper support.
In general the support is in good condition with little damage or discolouration. Some burnishing and loss of the media has occurred in the foreground. It appears that there was little binding medium in the paint.
The image depicts a pile of baskets and luggage in orange and brown bags marked with the initials ‘CW’. Just behind pairs of horses pulling carts with boats in the distance. To the right there appears to be a cloud of smoke rising up. The watercolour has been applied with a brush in blocks of colour with finer more detailed brush strokes on top to show more detail of the wicker baskets and initials.