Property from the Estate of the Late John Michael Dyson
charcoal, watercolour and gouache on paper
55 by 75cm.; 21¾ by 29½in.
Executed in 1953.
The sheet is fully laid down onto a backing board. The board bows slightly but appears sound. There is a tiny nick to the lower edge towards the lower left corner. The extreme edges are very slightly rounded in a few places. There are minor instances of remnants of adhesive and paper at the extreme edges, not visible in the present mount, most evident towards the left edge with additional probable areas of paint loss in two places and associated small flecks of staining. Much of the above is not visible in the present frame. To the right edge there are faint vertical marks towards the upper right corner, most likely associated with a previous mount or frame. There is a faint scuff to the light blue pigment in the lower left quadrant with possible further very minor instances in one or two places. There are a small number of tiny flecks of studio matter to the right of centre amongst the trees. The sheet has probable minor time staining and the pigments may have faded slightly. There are one or two very minor instances of detritus. This excepting, the work appears in very good overall condition.
The work is held behind glass in a painted wooden frame with a painted slip.
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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."\
Crane Kalman Gallery, London where acquired by the late owner and thence by descent
Christopher Andreae, Winifred Nicholson, Lund Humphries, Farnham, 2009, cat. no.159, illustrated p.168.
We are grateful to Jovan Nicholson for his kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work.