Sarah and Julia Metcalf, Boston, Massachusetts; John T. Metcalf, Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1950; Sotheby's, New York, American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, May 22, 2002, sale 7802, lot 152; Alan Miller, Quakertown, Pennsylvania.
The canvas is lined and there is frame abrasion along all edges. Under UV: there are scattered small dots and small horizontal lines of inpainting in the figure's face. There are small spots in his clothing with one dime sized spot 6 inches up from the center lower margin. There are scattered small spots in the background with a dime sized spots 6 inches to the left of the figure's ear and along the top edge. The work retains an old discolored, uneven varnish. 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.