Grading this albumen print on a scale of 1 to 10 - a 10 being a print that has very rich, deep dark tones and highlights that retain all their original detail - this print rates a strong 10. It has saturated eggplant tones that nearly approach black in the darkest areas.
This photograph is in generally excellent condition. As is customary, the print is trimmed unevenly to the image and a portion of the negative edge is visible at the upper and lower edges. Upon close inspection, the following are visible: soft diagonal impressions at each corner; a few scattered minor creases; and a small scuff in the lower right quadrant.
'677.9' is written in an unidentified hand in pencil on the reverse. 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.