Jean-Pierre Cassigneul has kindly confirmed the authenticity of this work.
Wally Findlay, New York Sale: Christie's East, New York, 12th November 1996, lot 138 Private Collection (since circa 1996) Sale: iArt, Tokyo, 13th October 2018, lot 53 Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
The canvas is not lined and inspection under UV light reveals no signs of retouching. There is evidence of shrinkage to the brown pigment in the sitter's hair. This work is in very good condition. "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."