Sotheby's, 13 July 1994, lot 77, where purchased by the present owner
Engraved by C. Hunt, coloured by C. Simpson, 107 subscribers, published by A.H. & C.E. Baily, Cornhill; Oliver Beckett, J.F. Herring & Sons, 1981, p.155, cat.no.425
Charles XII was the property of Andrew Johnston Esq. of Helleath House. As a three-year-old he started in 1839 three times and won. Over his lifetime he started twenty-three times and won sixteen races, including the Doncaster, Great St. Leger and eight cups.
The panel is sound and providing a good structural support for the painting. There are a few frame abrasions at the extreme left edge of the picture but otherwise there are no obvious condition issues. The picture may benefit from a light clean and revarnish.
UNDER ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT
The varnish appears opaque. The horse's name may have been strengthened.
The picture is contained in a gilt frame with beaded decoration. "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."