A watercolour version of The Lych Gate (private collection) has essentially the same setting but differs in the placement of the figures. Both pictures were painted looking into the graveyard of the Norman church of St George in Dittisham in Devon (the lych-gate is extant).
This picture has been lined which is providing a stable support. The paint surface is clean and there are no signs of craquelure. The picture is ready to hang.
UNDER ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT
An opaque varnish makesa clear reading under UV difficult but there appear to be minor cosmetic retouchings to the two adult figures and to areas in the architecture - these retouchings are probably to fill craquelure and are not excessive.
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