Gustaf Adolf Sparre (1746-1794); Sparre inv., 1794, no. 44.
Göthe, 1895, p. 20, no. 35, as by Klomp; Hasselgren, 1974, p. 117, reproduced p. 177.
Attributed by Göthe (see Literature) to Albert Jansz. Klomp (1618-1688), presumably on account of the monogram, and earlier thought to be by Berchem. Hofstede de Groot, Bredius and Gerson all recognised it as by Van der Cabel, according to Hasselgren (see Literature).
"The following condition report has been provided by Henry Gentle, an independent restorer who is not an employee of Sotheby's.
The oak panel is in a good condition and the paint layer is stable. The vertical wood grain is slightly raised down the middle section and there is some slight abrasion to the paint surface here. Small retouchings to the sky have blanched. There is a small recent paint loss to the shoulder of the man. The varnish is discoloured, tonal improvement would be achieved with its removal. Overall, the painting is in a good condition." "This lot is offered for sale subject to Sotheby's Conditions of Business, which are available on request and printed in Sotheby's sale catalogues. The independent reports contained in this document are provided for prospective bidders' information only and without warranty by Sotheby's or the Seller."