Christie's, London, 5 November 1993, lot 109, where purchased by the present owner
This is a highly-finished watercolour version of Gregory's Royal Academy exhibit of 1900, which was submitted as his Diploma Work to the institution. There are significant differences, to the stool under the musician's foot and to the background. Gregory also painted a picture of a similar subject The Lute Player which depicts the same model. Apres was painted only a couple of years after Gregory's best-known painting Boulter's Lock, Sunday Afternoon (Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight).
This picture is in very good condition. The paper is flat and there are no signs of cockling or staining. The picture is clean and ready to hang.
The picture is contained in a moulded plaster frame and under glass. "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."