Former Henry Dreyton collection ; Sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, April 29, 1994, lot 80 ; Jacques Grange Collection, Paris (purchased from the above)
Edward Burne-Jones executed several works on the theme of Cupid's Hunting Fields : the Art Institute of Chicago keeps a watercolor from 1885 and the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, has an oil on panel on a gesso preparation, from 1880. Our drawing, with a naked Cupid, is probably a study for the 1885 version.
- traces of a previous frame, especially on the left border
- very few dirt spots are visible in the upper left, visible on the catalogue
Very good 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."