signed l.l.: D O'Neill; titled on the reverse
oil on board
61 by 45.5cm., 24 by 18in.
The board appears to be sound. There is a faint horiztonal line of cracked paint approx. 4cm long above the sitter's head. Also a hairline vertical crack in the background right of the sitter's head, approx. 7cm long. An area of spots of paint loss and uneven varnish to the sitter's eye, right shoulder and to her breast. Some faint surface abrasions near centre of lower edge, visible upon close inspection.
Ultraviolet light reveals an opaque, uneven varnish. There are areas of fluorescene corresponding to above mentioned areas of paint loss/uneven varnish.
Held in a wooded frame.
"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."
Probably Dawson Gallery, Dublin, c.1959-63;
Adam's, Dublin, 25 March 1996, lot 60, where purchased by the present owner
We are grateful to Karen Reihill for her kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work.