A peculiarity on a number of Thomson's sketches is a flattening of the tops of paint impasto, visible in the Northern Spring. The flattened patches of the most raised portions of the paint are often , soiled and occasionally include debris such as wood. Thomson seeems to have been aware of the dangers of stacking his sketches as he wrote in a letter of 1915; "Will send some sketches down in a day or so and would ask if you would unpack them and spread them around in the shack, as I am afraid they will stick together a great deal."
Text: Tom Thomson 1877-1917
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