Sale: Sotheby's, Olympia, November 26, 2003, lot 35 Acquired at the above sale
London, Royal Academy, 1921, no. 321
The Royal Academy Illustrated, London, 1921, illustrated p. 118
The Greek inscription on the plinth can be translated as To the Unknown God and alludes to Acts of the Apostles, chapter 17, verses 22-3: 'Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' Hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, To the Unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you'.
Oil on unlined canvas. The picture surface is in generally good condition aside from some minor surface dirt. Under UV light the picture is slightly difficult to read but there are no apparent inpaints visible. In overall very good condition. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.