Property from the Antoinette and Patrick Murphy Collection
WILLIAM GEAR, R.A.
signed and dated '70; also signed and dated AUG 1970 on the reverse
oil pastel, pastel, ink and watercolour on paper
38.5 by 56.5cm.; 15¼ by 22¼in.
The sheet has been secured to the wooden mount at all four edges with adhesive. There are some incredibly fine lines of craquelure in the thick areas of yellow pigment, notably towards the right hand side of the work. There is also an area of incredibly fine lines of craquelure in the black pigment in the extreme upper left corner, only visible upon incredibly close inspection, There are some instances of surface dirt and studio matter. This excepting the work appears to be in excellent overall condition.
The sheet is window mounted and held behind glass in a simple wooden frame.
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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.
Bernard William Henry Page, 3rd Baron Croft (b.1949)
His sale, Sotheby's Olympia, 4th July 2002, lot 581, where acquired by the present owners