Oil on canvas, lined. There is a patch, 4 by 5 1/2 inches, on the verso that corresponds to the area in the sitters proper right elbow. The surface appears clean and is covered by a stable web of very fine craquelure. Under UV light, the majority of the work is covered by a green fluorescing varnish. There are scattered lines of retouching to address craquelure in the subject's face and scattered in his collar and chest of his jacket. Additional craquelure retouching in the book at left. A Y shaped probable tear with associated retouching visible just above the sitter's proper right elbow. Scattered additional dots and dashes of retouching to address abrasion throughout this picture's composition. 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.