This work has never been removed from its original stretcher. The inscription is clearly visible on the reverse. The paint layer is very heavy and textured. It is clean. It is unvarnished, and any gloss to the paint layer is original to the artist. Although there are some cracks that show in the upper left and upper right, these are not indications of any instability. The paint reads quite strongly under ultraviolet light, but there do not appear to be any retouches. The work should be hung as is. (This condition report has been provided courtesy of Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc.) 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.