This picture was originally a study for the figure on the left in Gleaming Waters, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1911 (Christie's, London, 30 November 2000, lot 22). The model was Tuke's boat-keeper Charlie Mitchell (1885-1957) painted on Newporth Beach in Falmouth.
The canvas is laid on board which is flat and providing a good structural support for the picture. The paint surface may benefit from a light clean.
UNDER ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT
There are a few very minor retouchings in the background.
The picture is contained in a simple wooden frame, painted cream. "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."