The canvas is lined and is securely attached to a keyed wooden stretcher. This is providing a
stable structural support. There are two thin canvas extensions on the upper and lower edges
of the composition. The painting has an overall pattern of raised craquelure. This appears
stable. There are also two vertical raised lines of repair running through the rocks and the sea
in the upper and lower right quadrants of the composition. These also appear stable. There is
a knot missing from the reverse of the upper horizontal stretcher member.
The paint surface has a relatively even and discoloured varnish layer.
Inspection under ultra-violet light confirms the discoloured and opaque varnish layer which
prevents the light from fully penetrating. Inspection under ultra-violet light shows scattered
retouchings throughout the composition, the most significant of which are:
1) vertical bands of retouching corresponding to the raised lines of repair mentioned above,
2) scattered retouchings throughout the sky including three vertical bands of retouching in the
upper left quadrant of the composition and a large area below the centre of the upper edge,
3) retouchings corresponding to the canvas extensions mentioned above, and
4) scattered retouchings within the rocks and the sea.
Many of these retouchings appear crude and excessive and could be considerably reduced
with more careful inpainting.
The painting would therefore appear to be in fairly good and stable condition and would
benefit from cleaning, restoration and revarnishing. "This lot is offered for sale subject to Sotheby's Conditions of Business, which are available on request and printed in Sotheby's sale catalogues. The independent reports contained in this document are provided for prospective bidders' information only and without warranty by Sotheby's or the Seller."