The artist's second studio sale; Christie's, London, 5 June 1919, possibly part of lot 89 (Studies of Figures - five in four frames. Pastel) or lot 90 (Studies of Figures and Heads. Pastel); Private collection
Stylistically the present work relates to studies for The Court of Venus a red chalk work of 1865 (private collection UK) and to the Pygmalion series of 1868-70.
The sheet has been laid down on card. There is some time staining to the sheet and to the mounting edges. There are some specks of surface dirt and a few very minor spots of foxing. A few minor losses to the lower edge, hidden beneath slip mount. There is a small diagonal tear approx 2cm. to the right leg of the right hand figure just above the ankle. Otherwise the work apperas to be in good condition.
Under glass and held in a decorative gilt frame and white slip. Please note that this work has been examined out of its frame. "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."