Abraham Marshall, Huddersfield ; Sale, London, November 3rd 1977, lot 99 ; Probably, purchased at the above by Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent
Philip Hook and Mark Poltimore, Popular 19th Century paintings, a dictionary of European genre painting, Woodbridge 1986, illustrated p.54
Knighton Warren lived in London and regularly exhibited portraits, genre scenes and historical subjects at the Royal Academy between 1878 and 1892. It is probable he travelled to the East but it is not known at what date. Among his works on the subject of the Orient can be cited An Egyptian Musician kept at the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, and Rameses the Great and his Queen Playing a Game of Draughts, exhibited in 1889.
- painting was relined
- scratches in the upper right, by the corner
- a few small chips missing scattered on the surface
- under UV light :
* a few small restorations scattered on the surface in the background (a few craquelures filled-in ; a few chips missing upper left in the décor)
* on the man, a few craquelures were filled-in on the drapery, along with a few repaints ; one more important repaint on the lower part of the drapery. "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."