Mrs. R.J. Gould, Italy; From whom gifted to the Newark Museum, 1917.
This work represents the Prophet Jeremiah writing the Book of Lamentations, which describes the fall of the City of Jerusalem. This theme was popular in the European Renaissance and Baroque artistic traditions, best exemplified by the Jeremiahs of Michaelangelo and Rembrandt.
Oil on canvas, relined, not examined out of frame. There is frame rubbing and surface dirt throughout. There is a system of craquelure throughout and evidence of some exposure to moisture. There are several faint horizontal lines of cracking, visible in the illustation. There are some tiny losses in the upper right corner. There are various areas of inpainting visible when examined under UV light, apparently underneath a varnish which fluoresces light green. The work is in fair to good condition. 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.