There is a two inch oval patch to the reverse, upper left. The paint surface is dirty with a discoloured varnish. There are also stretcher marks visible across and to the sides of the canvas as well surface abrasions, notably to the left and right edges. There is an area of retouching visible to the naked eye that corresponds to the aforementioned patch, there is a fleck of paint loss to this retouching. There are areas of paint shrinkage and separation to the foreground between the sheep.
Ultraviolet light reveals retouching in the aforementioned area, upper right, and suggestions of minor retouchings to frame abrasions; these are beneath the varnish which prevents a conclusive reading.
Held in a plaster gilt frame in fair condition. "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."