This still life provides an example of neo-impressionism, specifically of modern pointillism practice, with small stokes of colour having been applied to the surface so that from a distance they visually blend together. While the technique is associated with its inventor Georges Seurat and Paul Signac, who espoused Neo-Impressionism, a movement that flourished in the late 1880s, the style spread into the start of the 20th century.
The pointillist technique was mastered by Hutchinson in her lifetime and we can see her employ this method of paint application again and again throughout her work.
Caroline Hutchinson was from the North East. She was a member of the Sunderland Art Club and painted views of the area, portraits and still lifes. She painted and exhibited circa. 1950s in oils and watercolour.