The actual painting is slightly softer in tone than the catalogue illustration suggests. The canvas is unlined. Stretcher marks are visible along the edges. The paint surface is a bit dry, and there's a minor tendency towards cupping. A few tiny flecks of paint loss can be observed in the man's costume. The paint surface has grown slightly thin throughout, but particularly the brushwork in the face and hat of the man, and the highlights in the glass and the mug, have been very nicely preserved. A few small retouches, possibly relating older paint losses, as well as some strengthening can be observed, e.g. left of the man's face and in the right shoulder, along the beer mug and in his hair. The paint surface is under a slightly yellowed, dry layer of varnish. Inspection under ultra violet reveals the retouches as mentioned above and reveals additional small retouches in the background to the upper right and in the hat Offered in a simple black 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."