Augustus John was commissioned by Lady Gregory to paint William Butler Yeats and George Bernard Shaw - the leading lights of Coole House. This likely accounted for W. B. Yeats and John's first meeting and the addition of the present sketch into the Yeats collection.
The sheet has discoloured with some spots of foxing. A small tear near centre left edge.
Held under glass in a simple wood frame and beige mount; unexamined out of 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."