Frost & Reed, Ltd., London, no. 10186 Sale: Christie’s, New York, October 16, 1991, lot 257, illustrated Acquired at the above sale
Thomas Francis Dicksee was well-known for his portraits of Shakespearean characters and subjects inspired by the themes and subjects in the Bard's plays. Dicksee came from a family of painters and his children Margaret and Sir Francis Dicksee (see lot 426) likewise became artists.
Lined. The surface presents well with rich colors. There is faint craquelure on the figure's face, shoulder and dress and a few scattered pin dots of discoloration. There is an upside town 'T' shaped area of repair in the upper left quadrant that is visible to the naked eye but this area does not fluoresce under UV light. Along the left edge there is frame abrasion with some minor associated dents and repairs that are faintly visible to the naked eye (which also fluoresce under UV light). Under UV: a heavy varnish fluoresces green unevenly. There are small areas of older, finely applied retouching to the figure's face and proper right hand, with strengthening to her sleeve and the left side of the textile she is holding. There are a few sparse dots of retouching in the upper background and near the far right lower edge. Scattered inpainting to address prior frame abrasion is scattered at the edges. 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.