Sotheby's, New York, 28 February 1990, lot 311, where purchased by the present owner
Stokes studied art in Liverpool before enrolling at the Royal Academy Schools in 1871. In 1876 he went to France where he started painting 'en plein air' under the influence of the Impressionists. In 1884 Stokes married the Austrian artist Marianne Preidlsberger. In 1885 and 1886 the couple travelled to Danemark to spend the summer working with the art colony at Skagen and became close friends with the Anchers. They established themselves in Cornwall until 1898 when they moved to London and travelled widely painting in France, Spain, Austria and Italy and exhibiting steadily their works. The present picture is a version of a landscape painted in the South Tyrol c.1903 (Tate).
Original canvas. There are areas of faint craquelure pattern throughout the canvas. There is a discoloured layer of surface varnish and some scattered specks of surface dirt. Some very minor rubbing and abrasion visible to the framing edges. There is a very faint stretcher bar mark visible along the upper edge. Otherwise the work appears to be in good original condition.
UV light inspection reveals no evidence of any retouching or restoration.
Held in a decorative gilt 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."