Pickford Waller and thence to his daughter Miss Sybil Waller; Christie's, London, 12 October 1973, lot 140, where purchased by the family of the present owners
London, Royal Academy, Exhibition of Works by Past Members, 1933, no.307
This picture is sold with a photocopy of a letter by Sybil Waller titled Studio Days in which she discusses sitting for Greiffenhagen and meeting other painters such as Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon, who she also modelled for. The present work was painted in the dining room of the family house in St Georges Road.
Original canvas. Some frame abrasions to some of the edges, and a craquelure pattern to the table in the foreground; otherwise the work appears in good overall condition.
Under ultraviolet light there appear to be a few small flecks of retouching in the background by the gentleman's left arm and possibly a couple of small areas near the lower right corner.
Held in a gilt plaster 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."