The canvas appears to be original. There is one slight undulation in the upper left corner, but otherwise the canvas appears sound. There are some very fine lines of craquelure to some of the pigments in the upper right quadrant, the red circle at the centre of the work, and some further small lines visible in the lower left and lower right quadrants in places. There are three tiny flecks of paint loss to the black pigment in the lower right quadrant, and in the ochre pigment in the upper right. There is some minor rubbing to the paint surface at the lower edge and lower right corner of the work. There is some very light surface dirt in places. Subject to the above the work appears to be in good overall condition.
Inspection under ultra violet light reveals no obvious signs of restoration or fluorescence.
The work is held in a simple wooden frame with a canvas slip.
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