Joseph Baillio supports the attribution of the present work to Robert and dates it to circa 1805-1808. The picture will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the paintings of Hubert Robert being prepared by The Wildenstein Institute.
The painting has an old glue relining which is firm and stable. The paint surface is largely well retained under a slightly uneven varnish with good impasto though perhaps a little thinned in the water. There is a somewhat pronounced craquelure pattern in the sky, particularly above the figures though this does not detract from the image and the painting reads very well. Inspection under UV reveals possible old retouching and reworking in the sky and fine inpainting to the craquelure. The painting is ready to hang in its present state and is offered in a carved gilt wood frame. 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.