1823 - 1881
PENSEZ À DIEU
signed Hugues Merle and dated 1876 (lower left)
oil on canvas
32½ by 26 in.
82.6 by 66 cm.
Lined. The work presents well. There is faint, widely patterned craquelure across the picture surface; minor surface dirt and dust; and a few dots of accretion on the figure's proper right arm. Under UV: heavy varnish fluoresces green. There are three small, finely applied retouches near the right lower edge and some inpainting along the upper edge to address prior frame abrasion.
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.
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Goupil & Cie., Paris, no. 11201 (acquired directly from the artist, May 1876)
Knoedler & Co., New York, no. 323 (acquired from the above, August 1876)
Colonel Henry Simpson McComb, Wilmington, Delaware (acquired from the above, January 1877)
J.F. McComb (by descent from the above)
Elizabeth McComb Mills (by descent from the above, her father)
Elizabeth McComb Peoples (by descent from the above, her mother)
Thence by descent to the present owner