The actual painting is less dark in tone than the illustration in the catalogue suggests. The canvas is unlined. The paint surface has grown very dry, which has resulted in minor paint loss, e.g. above the head of the horse. A significant scratch can be seen in the foot of the figure, as well as an additional scratch just below. Stretcher marks are visible to the front. The canvas seem, running from top to bottom, is clearly visible to the front. The paint surface is under a dirty degraded varnish layer. Inspection under ultra violet light is obscured by the varnish layer. Offered in a black painted wooden frame with gold inlay. (ML/MW) "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."