Related 'Rural' seat patterns featured in 18th century trade-sheets, such as that issued in the 1770s by the chair-maker Lockn. Foulger (see Sir A. Heal, The London Furniture Makers, London 1953, p.55). These chairs demonstrate the regular twiginess appropriate for Primitive Huts, as featured in Ideas for Rustic Furniture proper for Garden Seats, Summer Houses, Hermitages, Cottage etc. printed for I. and J. Taylor of Holborn in the later 18th century. A set of chairs of related character were acquired in 1952 by the Victoria & Albert Museum (see M. Heckscher, 'Eighteenth-Century Rustic Furniture Designs, Furniture History Society Journal, 1975, p.65 and fig. 148).
A paint test revealed that the green of the leaves was painted using various mixtures of lead white and copper verdigris. Verdigris was in use from classical times. In western Europe it ceased to be used on easel paintings by circa 1720, but continued to be used for furniture and architectural paintwork through the eighteenth century and into the early 19th century.