Sotheby's London, Icons, Russian Pictures and Works of Art, 14 November 1988, lot 72
Alexander Nikolaevich Popov specialised in depictions of military and battle scenes. One of his best known works is The Protection of the Eagles Nest by the Orions and Briants on the 12th of August 1877 (1893) now in the collection of the Museum of Artillery, Engineers and Signals in St Petersburg.
Original canvas. There are two repaired tears to the sky with corresponding patches on the reverse. There are areas of scattered craquelure, most noticeably in the sky above the central figures. Some flecks of paint loss are visible above the soldier's head and between the trees in the background as well as scattered elsewhere. There is a layer of surface dirt. Inspection under UV light reveals large areas of retouching to the centre of the sky, to the top left edge and lower left corner, the headgear of the officer, to the soldiers to the centre of the left edge and in a few places elsewhere. Held in a wooden simple frame. Unexamined out of 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. 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."