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Technique and condition
This composition has been executed using pencil and watercolour on cream wove Whatman paper, with graphite pencil used both for sketching and for shading. The sky was worked on fairly wet paper. The flat washes on the buildings are unusually precisely and evenly applied, with careful control of the wetness of the paper, whereas the hasty colouring of the cart, which is effective without following the drawing in any detail, is more typical of Turner. The foreground shadows have been washed in while the figures have been very hastily outlined, but then left as reserved white areas for the later application of bright colours.
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