Mrs. Barratt of Pottley Hall, Warwickshire, England; Thence by descent in the family of the sitter until 1973; By whom (anonymously) sold, London, Christie's, 6 April 1973, lot 108 (as by Philip Wickstead).
The canvas is lined. Overall the painting presents a charming image, with some thinness to the paint, most noticeably in the background. A tiny and minor area of paint loss is at the bottom of the skirt, right above her foot as is visible in the catalogue image. Other scattered, small specs of paint loss are throughout the edges, quite possibly due to old frame rubbing, as is visible along the edge of the left side, and on the bottom left quadrant. Inspection under UV is difficult to read probably due to the old varnish, but finely applied retouches of inpaint to the craquelure are visible, most prominently on the figure's face and chest. Other scattered thin strokes of retouching are along the left edge, particularly to the darker colors. The painting is offered in a gilded wood 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. 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.