THOMAS MAITLAND CLELAND
1880 - 1964
RED SPY HUNT
signed TM Cleland and dated 1949 (lower right); also inscribed With affectionate regard to Joe & Lenore Cotten,/January 9, 1951/TM Cleland (on an original label affixed to the reverse)
oil on Masonite
17 ½ by 26 inches
(44.5 by 66 cm)
The Masonite is mounted to a stretcher and the edges are covered with brown tape. There is fine surface cracking, primarily in the sky and the work may be slightly dirty. There appears to be a few scattered pindots of possible surface accretion throughout. Under UV: the work retains an uneven varnish and there is no apparent inpainting.
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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Joseph and Lenore Cotten, Los Angeles, California, 1951 (gift from the above)
Edenhurst Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Acquired by the present owner from the above, circa 1990
The present work was gifted by Thomas Maitland Cleland to the American actor Joseph Cotten and his wife, Lenore. Cotten gained international recognition for his performances in three films by Orson Welles: Citizen Kane (1941), The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), and Journey into Fear (1943). He was one of the leading Hollywood actors of the 1940s and starred in several notable film classics such as Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1943), William Dieterle’s Love Letters (1945) and Carol Reed's The Third Man (1949).