Sale, London, Bonham's Knightsbridge, 12 July 1993, lot 217, from where acquired by the present owner
Although almost no details are known of his life, Thomas Forster was undoubtedly one of the finest British draughtsmen of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. He worked for a distinguished clientele, making portraits in plumbago, which are full of elegance and character.
The work has survived in good condition and the drawing remains very strong. There is a small amount of discolouration to the background but this is very minor. The work has not been examined out of its frame. "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."