This painting is felt to a late work of the artist, probably dating from the 1920’s. It has a strong, composition, deep vibrant pigments, the most wonderful, rich, buttery impasto [high, textured brushstrokes], and … oh yes, two, large vertical tears, a warped stretcher, fragile areas of flaking paint and an uneven surface tension; all very distracting.
The Trustees of The Sidney Sime Gallery were successful in securing funding from the Guildford branch of NADFAS http://www.nadfasguildford.org.uk to restore this painting. Their support is gratefully acknowledged.
The treatment was complex, particularly the structural repair, but very successful. The repaired canvas was not re-lined [an additional canvas adhered to the back] but strip lined and supported on a new loomed stretcher, thus the texture of the paint and the integrity of the artist’s technique was preserved.