John Milbank, thence by descent to his son Charles Milbank and by further descent to the present owner
This watercolour was based upon Millais' steel engraving for volume II of John Halifax, Gentleman by Dinah Mulock, published by Hurst and Blackett in 1861. It illustrates the line; 'And there stood the little girl, with a loaf in one hand and a carving knife in the other. She succeeded in cutting off a large slice, and holding it out.'
This picture is in good condition. The sheet has been laid-down. The colours are strong and there does not appear to have been any fading. There are very faint stains to the girls face but only visible upon close inspection.
The picture is contained in a simple wooden gilt frame and under glass. Unexamined out of the 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."