Property of a New York Private Collector
1844 - 1925
signed L. Lhermitte and dated 1883 (lower left)
charcoal on paper
17½ by 22 in.
44.5 by 55.9 cm
The Comité Lhermitte has confirmed the authenticity of this work, which will be included in the Supplement of the Catalogue Raisonné of the Artist now in preparation by the Galerie Brame & Lorenceau and Monique Le Pelley-Fonteny.
Charcoal on paper laid down on paper. The sheet presents well. The sheet is hinged to the mat in two places near the upper corners. There are 1/8 inch margins along the left, upper and right edges (not visible in current framing). Slight rippling to the sheet. Extremely minor, barely perceptible area of abrasion visible on the wheelwright's block. There is a 1/2 inch repaired diagonal tear in the lower left corner (partially visible in current framing). Scattered foxing to the backing paper. Ready to hang in its current state.
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.
Galerie Georges Petit, Paris (acquired directly from the artist, September 1883)
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, May 23, 1996, lot 49, illustrated
Acquired at the above sale
Paris, Palais des Champs-Élysées, Exposition Nationale des Beaux-Arts, September 15, 1883, no. 826
Paul Lefort, "L'exposition nationale de 1883; Les dessins- les pastels," Gazette de Beaux-Arts, Paris, Paris, 1883, no. 28, p. 463
Javel Firmin, L'Evénement, Paris, September 18, 1883
Le Senne, Le Télégraphe, October 6, 1883
Michel André, Le Parlement, October 23, 1883
Flamans Henri, La Verité, Paris, October 26, 1883
Le Moniteur des Arts, November 9, 1883
Monique Le Pelley Fonteny, Léon Augustin Lhermitte: 1844-1925: Catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1991, p. 484, no. 974, not illustrated