The canvas has recently been cleaned, relined and restored. The paint surface is in reasonably good overall condition, but has suffered some natural wear in parts, notably the sky. Inspection under ultra-violet light reveals a large diagonal repaired area c.25 by 6 cm. of damage in the upper right hand corner, but part from this, restoration seems to be limited to selective local retouchings, many for example around the principal dark bay horse and its rider and the corpses beneath. The varnish is thick and glossy and prevents closer inspection, but the painting will not require any further attention.
Offered in a plain gilt wood frame, numerous minor chips and losses. "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."