In 1977 Hodgkin applied paint to print for the first time. This addition of hand-colouring would have a significant impact on his future prints and Hodgkin himself marks this as the beginning of his print-making career. At this time, the artist also began working with Maurice Payne, developing the role of hand-colouring in his prints. For example, during the trail process of A Furnished Room
the artist experimented with the thickness of the hand-colouring. The green water-colour varied in opaqueness and the balance between the colours varied with each proof.
The print is also typical of the artist in subject matter. Hodgkin’s fascination with the relationship between individuals and interiors dominated his prints and paintings in the 1970s.