The catalogue illustration is quite representative for the actual painting, though the actual painting shows more contrast, particularly in the red costume. The canvas has a rather stiff relining. The paint surface is a bit dry, and there's a minor tendency towards cupping. It has grown slightly thin in the sky in the background. Minor spots of paint loss, which have been retouched, can be observed in the lower left, the lower right and in the tree trunk. A spot of rather coarse retouching is visible along the right edge. The figures, however, have been very well preserved. The paint surface is under a dirty layer of varnish, as well as under a fine layer of dirt. Inspection under violet light confirms the retouchings as mentioned above, and reveals additional small scattered retouchings in the sky, as well as minor strengthening in the boy's face. Offered in a simple carved gilt wood frame in good condition. (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."