The following condition report has been prepared by Hamish Dewar Ltd, London, SW1Y 6BU:
UNCONDITIONAL AND WITHOUT PREJUDICE
The canvas has been lined and this is ensuring an even and secure structural support.
The paint surface has an even varnish layer.
Inspection under ultra-violet light shows the paint surface fluorescing unevenly but this is very characteristic of the artist and I am confident that no retouchings have been applied and that the uneven fluorescence has been caused by the artist's varying layers of paint.
The painting would therefore appear to be in very good and stable condition and no further work is required. "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."