The copper plate is flat and stable, the paint surface is relatively clean and the varnish is clear and even. In raking light, a handful of tiny retouchings on the right-hand side of his coat just below his collar are visible, as is a tiny diagonal surface scratch 0.5 cm. long in his hair upper right. Inspection under ultraviolet light confirms these, and reveals a handful of tiny retouchings around the sitter's eyes, between his mouth and nose, and in his neck, as well as along the lower left margin. None of these is in any way distracting and the painting is in very good overall condition. Offered in a plain stained wood frame with some losses. "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."