The canvas is unlined and is securely attached to what certainly appears to be the artist's
original, keyed wooden stretcher. This is ensuring a stable structural support There is a canvas
patched repair in the upper left quadrant as viewed from the reverse. This appears stable.
The paint surface has an even varnish layer. The paint surface has an overall pattern of slightly raised lines of craquelure. This appears stable. There are also slightly raised stretcher-bar lines, most notably corresponding to the central vertical stretcher member. These also appear stable.
Inspection under ultra-violet light shows a vertical line of retouching between the two largest
columns in the upper right quadrant which corresponds to the patch visible on the reverse and
a few further spots to the left of this, and a few small spots of retouching within the dark foliage
in the lower left of the composition. There are also earlier retouchings which have a yellow
fluorescence, most notably running intermittently along and close to the extreme edges of the
The painting therefore appears to be in good and stable condition. "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."