Christie’s, London, 22 May 1990, lot 15 where purchased by Seymour Stein
This drawing was probably made as an initial idea for an incidental detail in the background of Helen of Troy of 1881 (Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney) but later rejected in favour of a scene of the city aflame. Diomedes was the King of Argos and according to Homer he stole from the Trojans the Palladium, a statue of Athena, an act which prophecy foretold would lead to the fall of the city. In the finished painting, the Palladium can be seen behind Helen.
This drawing has not been laid down and is cockling slightly in the mount. There are areas of staining, notable to an area to the left of the standing figure's foot and in the centre of the upper edge. The sheet is also a little time stained overall.
The drawing is contained in a simple wooden frame with a clean mount 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."