The unlined canvas is securely stretched onto what I assume is the original keyed wooden
stretcher. There is an overall pattern of raised lines of stable craquelure and horizontal stretcher-bar lines which could be significantly reduced should the canvas be lined, but it is obviously most
encouraging to find the canvas in its original unlined state.
The paint surface has an even varnish layer and inspection under ultraviolet light shows two
vertical lines of retouching in the upper left of the sky, near to the left vertical turnover edge
and other very small, scattered retouchings.
The painting therefore appears to be in good and stable condition and no further work is
required for reasons of conservation. "This lot is offered for sale subject to Sotheby's Conditions of Business, which are available on request and printed in Sotheby's sale catalogues. The independent reports contained in this document are provided for prospective bidders' information only and without warranty by Sotheby's or the Seller."