Grading this albumen print on a scale of 1 to 10--a 10 being an albumen print with deep brown dark tones and highlights that retain all of their original detail--this print rates a strong 8 or 9. The print has saturated eggplant tones and exhibits an extremely high degree of detail, from the grass to the blowing leaves on the tree. The edges are very slightly warm-toned, most notably in the lower left corner.
This photograph is in generally excellent condition. As is common with Atget's photographs, the print is trimmed unevenly. Upon close examination in high raking light, several handling creases are visible overall that do not appear to break the emulsion.
There is a yellow deposit of indeterminate nature at the center of the reverse. 'Dupl. MATTED' and 'MOMA DUPE [illegible] 2002' are written in an unidentified hand in pencil.
In 'The Work of Atget. Volume III: The Ancien Regime,' Maria Morris Hambourg has chronologically dated, in the form of an extensive chart, Atget's photographs by their series and negative numbers. The chart is the most comprehensive to date, and our dating of this print is based upon the author's assessment of the photographer's series and negative numbers. The negative number on this print '1127' indicates that this image was taken in 1921 (cf. 'The Work of Atget. Volume III: The Ancien Regime,' pp. 181-85). 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.