Austin M. Purves, Jr., Litchfield, Connecticut, 1911-12 (gift from the artist) Pioneer Museum and Haggin Galleries, Stockton, California, 1959 (gift from the above; sold: Bonhams, New York, May 24, 2006, lot 1112, illustrated) Acquired by the present owner at the above sale
In a letter to the Pioneer Art Museum dated 1959, the year he donated the present work, Austin Purves Jr. writes, “I used to write to Mr. Parrish a lot when I was a youngster because I loved his work and liked even more to get a reply from him now and then. When I was eleven or twelve or so I, according to report, nearly died of pneumonia and Parrish, bless him, when he heard about it sent me eighteen of his things to cheer me up. The effect was magic. This sketch was among them.”
This work is in very good condition. There is craquelure throughout. Under UV: there are thin lines of inpainting to frame abrasion at the edges and a few other scattered pindots 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.