The influence of Cubism can be seen in the paintings that Hitchens produced in the 1930s, while he was living in Hampstead, London. This is evident in the present still life painting which pre-dates the long landscapes that Hitchens concentrated on from 1936.
'I love flowers. I love flowers for painting. It's only that life's too short - one can't always do flower paintings - not a carefully arranged bunch such as people ought not to do - but doing a mixed bunch in a natural way. One can read into a good flower picture the same problems that one faces with a landscape, near and far, meanings and movements of shapes and brush strokes. You keep playing with the object' (the artist in conversation with T.G. Rosenthal, A. Bowness, Ivon Hitchens, London, 1973, p. 13).