Christie's, London, 17 May 2002, lot 207; Private collection; Their sale, Sotheby's, London, 6 May 2010 lot 51, where purchased by the present owner
Sean Keating first visited the Aran Islands in 1914 and he was to return regularly until the 1960s. He greatly admired the local people he met there and representing them and their way of life, particularly their relationship with the sea, was to inform much of his work. Keating portrays the islanders' fortitude with strong charcoal work and the drawing emphasises his accomplished draughtmanship. It likely dates to the early 1960s when Keating revisited such subjects to meet the high demand from buyers at the time.
The sheet has been laid down. Slightly discoloured, some spots of staining. There is an area of abrasion in background upper left, also two areas in background to the right of the figure group; otherwise the work appears sound overall.
Held under glass in a dark wood frame with a stone coloured mount. "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."