F.E.G. Bagshawe Esq., Snitterton Hall, Derbyshire, by 1957 (according to a label on the reverse); With Daniel Hunt Fine Art, London.
The composition of the present works derives from Giovanni Paolo Panini's Predica di un apostolo in the Denver Art Museum, Denver (see F. Arisi, Gian Paolo Panini e i fasti della Roma del '700, Rome 1986, p. 445, cat. no. 432, reproduced).
The canvas is lined, the paint surface is stable and the varnish is clear and even, though very slightly discoloured. There are no major damages visible to the naked eye. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals very small, scattered spots of retouching throughout the composition, most notably the sky. There are two additional small areas of retouching, the first in the lower left corner, and the second in the lower right corner, where the paint appears to have been scratched off the canvas and painted over. "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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."