The canvas has not been lined. Ultraviolet light reveals some scattered restorations (corresponding to eleven small patches on the reverse) which are sensitively-applied and are not particularly distracting to the naked eye, notably a 'T'-shaped repaired tear below the boy's right arm and two small repaired tears to the right of his coat. Apart from a very light horizontal stretcher mark in the centre, the overall appearance of the work to the naked eye is good and it is ready to hang.
The colours are deeper, and somewhat less red than in the catalogue illustration, which is otherwise accurate.
Held in a decorative reproduction narrow gold-painted frame. "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."