Vivien's own painting is a testament to Churchill's advice and encouragement: ‘We think of you with such gratitude every time the brushes and paints are brought into action’ (Vivien Leigh, letter to Sir Winston Churchill, 23rd May 1950, The Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge, CHUR 2/174).
The board appears to be sound. There are artist's pinholes visible in the upper right, lower right and lower left corners. There is a slight possible compression visible in the upper left corner. There are a small number of scratches to the sky in the upper left quadrant, in particular one 5 cm scratch running vertically. There is some studio matter and detritus and some light surface dirt apparent. Subject to the above the work is in overall very good condition.
Inspection under ultra violet light reveals no obvious signs of restoration or fluorescence.
The work is framed in a simple linen and wood frame.
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