The canvas is lined, the paint surface is dirty and the varnish slightly discoloured. There is a surface scratch with associated paint loss, approx. 2 cm. in the lower left background (visible in the catalogue illustration), as well as a few further spots of paint loss above it, and scattered in his coat. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals some retouchings, scattered throughout but mostly in the background - these do no impede the legibility of the image. "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."