Frost & Reed, London; Henry R. Davis by 1962; Christie's, 12 June 1998, lot 167, where purchased by the present owner
Royal Academy, London, Exhibition of Works by William Russell Flint, 1962, no.176
''Make-up' is a feminine concern upon which it would be indiscreet for a modern man to advise. Cennino Cennini, however, sometime around 1400, had no qualms: 'With the red colour (rossetta) touch in the lips and the colour in the cheeks. My master was accustomed to put the colour in the cheeks nearer the ear than the nose, because it assisted in giving relief to the face.' I am informed by one learned in such matters that that is all very well, but everything depends on whether the face be long or broad.' (Exhibition of Works by William Russell Flint, Royal Academy exhibition catalogue, 1962, p.59)
This watercolour is in excellent original condition. The sheet is flat and there are no obvious condition issues. The picture is ready to hang.
The watercolour is contained in an ornate moulded plaster frame and under glass. "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."