London, Royal Academy, 1863, no. 489 (with the following text: And at the closing of the day/she loosed the chain, and down she lay,/The broad stream bore her far away.)
Wynfield studied with J.M. Leigh and lived in St. John's Wood, London, where he founded the St. John's Wood Clique. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1859 and 1887, displaying pictures inspired by sixteenth and seventeenth century British history. Wynfield was also an important Victorian photographer, and is considered a pioneer in this field.
Lined. The surface is fresh and the colors are vibrant. There is minor surface dirt and dust. Under UV: a heavy varnish fluoresces green unevenly across the picture surface. There are some strokes of inpainting to the trees on the right hand side and in the water above the two birds. 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.