The board appears to be sound. There are fine lines of cracking to the board throughout, which have come through to the paint, however these all appear stable. There are some fine scratches in the lower part of Jonah's tunic with some resultant losses. There are some further small losses in the blue pigment in the sea. There is some studio matter and surface dirt in places. This excepting the work appears to be in very good overall condition.
Inspection under ultra violet light reveals some small areas of sensitive retouching in the sleeves, and lower section of the tunic, in Jonah's leg, and in the mouth of the whale in the extreme lower right corner.
The work is held within a painted frame.
Please telephone the department on +44 (0) 207 293 6424 if you have any questions regarding the present work.
sleeves and lower section of tunic, lower right corner "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."