WILLIAM EDWARD FRANK BRITTEN
1848 - 1916
MELODRAMA AND PANTOMIME: A PAIR
both, signed W.E.F. Britten (lower left); monogrammed and dated 1880 (on the reverse)
both, oil on canvas
each, 18¼ by 6¾ in.
46.4 by 17.1 cm
Original unlined condition, with minor bumping and pulling of canvas near the lower edge. There is minor surface dirt and dust and a horizontal stretcher bar mark across the upper third of the composition. Under UV: varnish fluoresces green unevenly. The signature has been partially cleaned and possibly strengthened.
Original unlined condition. There is minor surface dirt and dust and scattered craquelure visible in the figure’s purple stola. Under UV: varnish fluoresces green.
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.
Henry Hill, Esq., Brighton (and sold, his estate, Christie's, London, February 20, 1892, lot 138)
Acquired in 1991