The Artist's prepared board has been laid down onto a backing board. The prepared board appears sound. The extreme corners are slightly rounded and there is some minor frame abrasion to the extreme lower and right edges, not visible in the present frame. There are a few minor creases including to the left of the drum and to the sky above the ships. There is a historic diagonal cut to the upper layer of the board on the tattooed sailor's torso, possibly in keeping with the Artist's intentions. There are some light scuffs to the work including to the left of the lower left seated sailor's hat, to the left of the drum and to the left of the tattooed seated sailor's left proper leg, with one or two possible more minor instances elsewhere. There is some very minor craquelure to the sky in places. There is some evidence of discolouration and staining to isolated areas and the pigments may be slightly discoloured. There is some light surface dirt and one or two accretion in the paint surface. Subject to the above the work appears in very good overall condition.
The work is held in a canvas slip and a gilt painted wooden frame.
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