Property Sold to Benefit the Stoll Foundation
THE SOLDIER CAT
watercolour, gouache and ink on paper
29 by 24cm.; 11½ by 9½in.
Executed circa 1917.
The sheet appears to be sound. The sheet is adhered to the backing board with strips of adhesive tape to each edge. A strip of gauze is attached to the sheet at the upper edge, not visible in the present mount. There may be a finger print at the centre of the lower edge. There is a very faint vertical mark towards the lower left corner. There are one or two tiny accretions within the paint. There is some very light surface dirt in places and the sheet may be very slightly time stained. There are one or two small flecks of foxing, only visible upon close inspection. This excepting, the work appears in excellent overall condition, with fresh, vibrant colour throughout.
The work is window mounted and held behind glass in a gilt painted wooden frame.
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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.
Gifted by the Artist to the Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation in 1917
Founded in the aftermath of the First World War, the Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation was established to support troops returning home from the front with physical and mental injury. Set up by theatre empresario and philanthropist Sir Oswald Stoll, who was at the forefront on the debate on how best to support wounded veterans, the charity provided housing in Fulham that remains used to this day. Alongside housing support, the charity continues to provide outreach services, ‘drop-ins’ and support in finding work for veterans after leaving the armed forces. In 1917 Sir Oswald set about compiling ‘an Album of original contributions received from the foremost Artistes, Painters, Musicians and Authors of the day’, with the intention that the book be reproduced in a limited edition of fifty copies, sold to benefit the charity. Stoll was met with a phenomenal response, including the present work, donated by Wain. Sadly the project never came to fruition due to spiralling costs, and instead the album was kept, with the majority of works remaining bound within the album.