Sale, Bellmans Auctioneers Billingshurst, 18th February 2004, lot 1829 (Old Buildings in St Ives only) Sale, Bonhams Knightsbridge, 15th March 2016, lot 129 (the pair), where acquired by the present owner
The boards both bow slightly but appear sound. There is very minor frame abrasion to the left edge of 'Boats'. There are one or two tiny flecks of loss to the upper right quadrant of 'Buildings'. There are one or two tiny instances of extremely fine lines of craquelure to 'Boats', only visible upon very close inspection. There are a few possible flattened impasto tips to both. There may be some slight discolouration to the white pigment in 'Boats'. There are a few very minor instances of studio detritus and matter, and surface dirt in places to both. This excepting, both appear in very good overall condition.
Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals no obvious signs of fluorescence or retouching.
The works are held behind glass in gilt painted wooden frames.
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