Colours: The colours in the catalogue illustration are fairly accurate, although the overall tonality is much brighter and more vibrant in the original.
Condition: This work is in very good condition. Executed on uneven white wove paper, attached in places to the backing board on the reverse. There are several artist's pin holes in all four corners and a few possible staple marks at the centre and towards the bottom of the left edge and a further possible staple mark to the left of the signature. There is a tiny tear at the extreme upper right edge. There are a few very light creases towards the top half of the sheet, notably at the centre of the figure's neck and one approximately 30cm. to the right of this. There are very faint handling marks towards all four corners and along the top edge. There are further very faint handling marks beneath the figure's collar bone and towards the centre bottom edge of the upper right hand quadrant. There are two very faint vertical rub marks towards the bottom left corner and a two further small rub marks in the yellow area of the bottom left corner. Upon close inspection, there are further very faint rub marks towards the centre right edge of the upper right quadrant.
"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."