With partial, incomplete sketch verso: 'Bastille Stormed' in pencil.
Michael Andrews was one of Britain's leading post-war painters, despite his relatively small oeuvre. Andrews was a notoriously slow and painstaking painter and during his lifetime had few solo exhibitions. He is often associated with the School of London, a circle of figurative painters which notably included Francis Bacon, Frank Auerbach, Lucian Freud, R. B. Kitaj and Leon Kossoff. Similar to these artists Andrews's art demonstrates a preoccupation with the depiction of the human condition. From the beginning of his career in the early 1950s, Andrews's work was characterised by an intensity of observation and exacting technical virtuosity.