Our reproduction copies are slightly smaller than the painting itself. Marion Cole was our describer and we discussed the John family, Gwen John’s training at Slade and her tutor.
Gwen John is portrayed with her head slightly turned at the top, with her hands clasped near her hips at the bottom of the painting. With an oval face, hair tied back and centre parted her face was described by Marion. Colours in the reproduction and in the original are unclear for me. The background is green on a brown first coat, while the blouse is russet. The shoulders are shown in full width and about half way on the height of the 2 foot painting.