‘Howard was a long-time and dear friend and it was impossible not to love his work. His influence pervaded our lives in weird and subtle ways. We liked painting rooms vibrant colours, particularly when we lived in England, and our default colour was always what we called "Hodgkin Green". Which worked 9 times out of 10.’
The original canvas is stable.
There is a small horizontal scratch in the lower left quadrant of the composition. There is some light surface dirt across the work but overall it appears to be in very good and original condition.
Ultraviolet light reveals no obvious signs of fluorescence or retouching.
The work is presented unframed.
Please telephone the department on +44 (0) 207 293 6424 if you have any questions regarding the present work.
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